Extreme Physics

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 16:00

Modern physics isn’t for the faint of heart.  From explorations of the mysterious dark matter that holds the galaxies together, the bizarre dark energy pulling the universe apart, and the attempts by scientists to recreate the Big Bang in a laboratory, contemporary physics is nothing if not extreme. We’ll investigate the latest on all these fronts, and find out what we’re learning about a universe that’s stranger than we could have imagined.  Also, cosmologist Paul Davies on what physics may reveal about the meaning of life.  And, the SETI Institute Players go to the Extreme Physics Olympics! 


  • Paul Davies – physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University, and author of “Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe is Just Right for Life.”
  • Adam Reiss – physicist and astronomer at Johns Hopkins University
  • Joel Primack – physicist at the University of California at Santa Cruz and co-author of “The View From the Center of the Universe”
  • Timothy Hallman – scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
  • Alex Vilenkin – physicist at Tufts University and author of “Many Worlds in One”