The End of the Universe and the Future of Life with Will Kinney

Friday, May 19th 2017 at 7:00 pm
Friday, May 19th 2017 at 8:30 pm
Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY

What awaits life at the end of time?

Recent developments in cosmology have not only shed new light on the beginning of the Universe: they have also changed our predictions about how the Universe may end in the far future.

Chief among these new discoveries is the observation that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, indicating that the Universe will end not in a "Big Crunch", but in an ever-faster rush of expansion.

In the context of this new cosmology, UB Professor of Physics Will Kinney will revisit the famous argument first made by Freeman Dyson in 1979 that life in an expanding universe has a limitless future. The reality for the future of evolution is more complex than Dyson envisioned.

Dr Will Kinney

Will Kinney is a professor in the Department of Physics at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where he has been on faculty since 2003.

Dr. Kinney received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, and PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

He has worked as a research associate at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Florida, and Columbia University, and held visiting positions at Yale University, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, the University of Chicago, and the University of Valencia.

Dr. Kinney's research focuses on the physics of the very early universe, including inflationary cosmology, the Cosmic Microwave Background, Dark Matter, and Dark Energy. He has authored more than sixty published research articles, and received the SUNY Chancellor's award for excellence in teaching in 2014.

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