Lecture:Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Copernican Revolution Continues

Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Copernican Revolution Continues
Prof. Daniel J. Larson
Penn State University,USA
2013-07-05 15:30

Copernicus, Galileo, Newton and others were responsible for a dramatic change in scientific thought and worldview.  We continue to learn things about the cosmos that fundamentally change our understanding.  The accelerating expansion of the universe is the most important cosmological discovery in many decades, and its cause is one of the most profound questions in contemporary science.  This talk deals with these issues in a manner accessible to a general audience.  

Daniel J. Larson, nationally recognized as a leader in physics education and an accomplished researcher in atomic, molecular and optical physics, moved to Penn State University in 1998 as Dean of the Eberly College of Science and was named the Verne M. Willaman Dean in 2001.  Larson began his career in 1970 as Assistant Professor of Physics at Harvard University and advanced to Associate Professor of Physics where he continued until 1978.  He then joined the faculty of  the University of Virginia as an Associate Professor of Physics, became a Professor in 1987, served as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences from 1989-1991, and was Chairman of the Physics Department from 1991 until 1997.  In 1996, he was named the Maxine S. and Jesse W. Beams Professor of Physics.  He earned his B.A. in Physics and Math, Summa Cum Laude in 1966 from St. Olaf College, M.A. in Physics in 1967 from Harvard University, and Ph.D. in Physics in 1971 from Harvard University.  Larson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.