The Selection of the Initial State of the Universe

Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton (host Dev), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
October 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm
241 Compton
Event Description 

The problem of the selection of the initial conditions for our universe is an outstanding problem in physics and of fundamental importance. I will describe how the theory of the wave function of the universe on the landscape derives the selection criterion based on the dynamics of gravitational and quantum degrees of freedom. It makes a series of predictions that test the theory, including the Cold Spot, some of which have been detected.

Coffee: 2:30 pm, 241 Compton