The Modern Origins Story: From the Big Bang to Habitable Planets


The scientific understanding of our origins began in earnest with Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin, and others, and has since evolved into a rich, detailed, and well-tested model. Direct observations of the infant universe now show that it was remarkably smooth compared to what we see around us today, with only tiny differences in its properties from one part to another. By contrast, in the present universe there are enormous differences in the properties of matter from one part to another: some regions host planets, stars, and galaxies (and even humans!) while others do not. In this talk, Prof. Quataert will describe how the universe evolved from its smooth beginnings to its current state, emphasizing how gravity reigns supreme and builds up the planets, stars, and galaxies required for biological evolution to proceed.

Our venue is as exciting as our topic. Surrounded by a diverse convoy of gourmet food trucks, we will gather in the enclosed heart of Streat Food Park.
Streat Food Park


  • TITLE: The Modern Origins Story: From the Big Bang to Habitable Planets
  • SPEAKER: Eliot Quataert, Professor of Astronomy & Physics, UC Berkeley
  • WHEN: 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 14, 2013; but arrive early to explore our venue!
  • WHERE: in the enclosed heart of SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • HOW: A production of Wonderfest and Ask a Scientist
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures

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