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Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society Public Lecture


Dr Martin Hendry, University of Glasgow.

The Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society and the Armagh Observatory will be hosting a public lecture by Dr Martin Hendry of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow on Thursday, 22nd October, at 8:00 pm. The lecture, entitled "Why Are We Here?," will be held at 8.00pm in the Rotunda Theatre, St Patrick's Trian, Armagh.

Since the dawn of civilisation human cultures have sought to understand our place in the universe, asking "big questions" about our cosmic origins. Modern cosmology provides some startling answers to these questions: not only is the universe expanding, but we believe the expansion to be accelerating - driven by a mysterious "dark energy" that challenges our ideas about gravity and the very nature of space and time. Moreover our runaway universe appears to be rather delicately balanced, in the sense that small changes in the laws of nature would result in a very different cosmos -- most likely unsuitable for life like us. What does all of this mean for our cosmic origins? Is our universe unique, or do we belong to a "multiverse" - a vast ensemble of universes, each with its own laws of nature? In his lecture, Dr Hendry will explore these and other questions posed by the latest cosmological discoveries, and discuss what implications they might have for the existence of life in the universe.

For free tickets to this public lecture and light refreshments afterwards, please contact Mrs Aileen McKee at the Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel: 028-3752-2928, E-mail: ambnat signarm.ac.uk.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: John McFarland at the Armagh Observatory, Tel.: 028-3752-2928; FAX.: 028-3752-7174; e-mail: jmfat signarm.ac.uk.

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