How old is the Universe? Dec. 7

A talk called “How old is the Universe and how do we know it?” will be presented by Peter Timbie, professor of physics at UW-Madison, on Fri., Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. in Upham 140. It’s the last entry in the Observatory Lecture Series, which has the theme “The Age of Life, the Universe and Everything” and is meant to explain “how biologists, geologists and astrophysicists answer questions about the age of the universe and its contents.” The series is sponsored by the UW-Whitewater Science Outreach Office and the College of Letters and Sciences. The talks are free and open to all! Following the talk there may be a viewing session at the observatory, weather permitting.

How Old Is the Universe coverLike to learn more? Andersen Library can help! Search HALCat to find books like How old is the universe? (3rd-Floor Main Collection, QB501 .W45 2011). Search the article databases to find articles such as “The age of the universe” (Russian Physics Journal, 2010, vol.53:no.7, pp.759-761). There are also reputable web sites you can consult, such as NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), which says “WMAP definitively determined the age of the universe to be 13.75 billion years old to within 1% (0.11 billion years).”

Please ask a librarian if you’d appreciate assistance with finding materials.

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I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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