Penn Hosts Elon Musk’s Sixth Public Lecture With Physics Professor Andreas Albrecht

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Elon Musk on April 22, 2019 (Photo by Steve Jurvetson | CC BY 2.0).

The Center for Particle Cosmology and the Department of Physics and Astronomy co-hosted Elon Musk’s sixth public lecture focusing on “cosmic inflation theory.”

The event, “Cosmic Inflation: My Journey to the Edge of Science,” was held Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Bodek Lounge at Houston Hall and featured Andreas Albrecht, who earned a Ph.D. in 1983 and is now a professor of physics at the University of California at Davis.

Albrecht said he plans to talk about his “wonderful adventure, an adventure that never ceases to unfold as my continued curiosity for the foundations, successes and open questions of this theory have taken me on a journey of discovery. exhilarating”.

Albrecht’s lecture is the sixth in Musk’s lecture series. The first lecture, presented on cht and his adviser Paul Steinhardt had invented the “cosmic inflation theory” at Penn in 1982, which describes the “very beginning of the universe”. At the conference, Albrecht presented his own assessment of open questions about the theory of cosmic inflation and how it connects to the field of quantum physics.

The Elon Musk Public Lecture Series brings together leading scientists in particle physics and cosmology to address the Penn community. The Musk Lectures began in 2009 following an endowment from Wharton College and 1997 graduate Elon Musk, an alumnus of Penn’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, at the Center for Particle Cosmology.

Albrecht’s lecture was the sixth in Musk’s lecture series. The first talk, presented on January 28, 2009, featured Steinhardt discussing “The Big Bang and Beyond”. Since then, four more conferences have been held between 2011 and 2018. Four years have passed since theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates, Jr. last lectured in January 2018.

The event followed the University’s current COVID-19 guidelines – masking is strongly encouraged, but not required. Community members registered for the event through the Penn Alumni registration page.

Angela C. Hale