Talking Space: The Universe for Beginners

The night sky might seem to be a random collection of odd objects: stars, planets, asteroids, brown dwarfs, white dwarfs, supernovae remnants, pulsars and galaxies. Are they just a menagerie, or can we make sense of them? Join Luke Barnes, author of the recently published A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos (Cambridge University Press) as he shows how a single question links the night sky’s occupants into a coherent scheme.

Luke A. Barnes is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy at the University of Sydney. His book with Geraint Lewis, A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. He has published papers in the field of galaxy formation and on the fine-tuning of the universe for life. He has been invited to speak at the 2011 and 2015 St Thomas Summer Seminars in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, the University of California Summer School for the Philosophy of Cosmology, and numerous public lectures.

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