The Day We Found the Universe

Prof. Marcia Bartusiak (MIT)
March 20, 2018 - 4:00pm


On New Year’s Day in 1925, a young Edwin Hubble released his finding that our universe was far bigger than previously believed. Six years later, in a series of meetings at Mt. Wilson Observatory, astronomers convinced Albert Einstein that the universe was not static, as he had imagined, but in fact expanding. In her lecture on this era, Marcia Bartusiak will reveal the battles of will, clever insights, incredible technology, ground-breaking research, and wrong turns made by the early investigators of the heavens as they raced to uncover what many consider the beginning of modern cosmology.