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Research

Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


 

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Events for 21 February 2012

Dr. André Niemeijer, Dept Earth Sciences, Utrecht University

12:00pm, Department of Earth Sciences, TR3

Contact ed.llewellin@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Mark Trodden: Pushing Einstein’s Boundaries: Gravitational Approaches to the Challenges of Modern Cosmology

4:00pm, CLC202

Einstein’s general theory of relativity (GR) is one of the most successful and well-tested physical theories ever developed. Nevertheless, modern cosmology poses a range of questions, from the smallest scales to the largest, that remain currently unresolved by GR coupled to the known energy and matter contents of the universe. This raises the logical possibility that GR may require modification on the relevant scales. I will discuss the status of some modern approaches to alter GR to address cosmological problems. We shall see that these efforts are extremely theoretically constrained, leaving very few currently viable approaches. Meanwhile, observationally, upcoming missions promise to constrain allowed departures from GR in exciting new ways, complementary to traditional tests within the solar system.

Contact s.f.ross@durham.ac.uk, r.a.w.gregory@durham.ac.uk, p.e.dorey@durham.ac.uk, daniel.maitre@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Mark Trodden: Gravitational Approaches to the Challenges of Modern Cosmology

4:00pm, CLC202

Einstein's general theory of relativity (GR) is one of the most successful and well-tested physical theories ever developed. Nevertheless, modern cosmology poses a range of questions, from the smallest scales to the largest, that remain currently unresolved by GR coupled to the known energy and matter contents of the universe. This raises the logical possibility that GR may require modification on the relevant scales. I will discuss the status of some modern approaches to alter GR to address cosmological problems. We shall see that these efforts are extremely theoretically constrained, leaving very few currently viable approaches. Meanwhile, observationally, upcoming missions promise to constrain allowed departures from GR in exciting new ways, complementary to traditional tests within the solar system.

Contact s.f.ross@durham.ac.uk, r.a.w.gregory@durham.ac.uk, p.e.dorey@durham.ac.uk, daniel.maitre@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Dr Walter Houston: 'Between Salem and Mount Gerizim: The Creation of the Torah Revisited'

4:00pm, Abbey House, Seminar Room C

Contact R.W.L.Moberly@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Beauty in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Seminar Series - St Erkenwald and the Politics of Miracle

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Dr Neil Cartlidge (Durham University)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Persistence of Beauty Public Lecture Series - W. H. Auden: The Loveliness that Is the Case

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Room 140, Elvet Riverside Building, New Elvet, Dr Tony Sharpe (Lancaster University)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.