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There remains a critical gap in our knowledge. We still know very little about what happened in the first seconds after the Big Bang. This talk with Dan Hooper explores extraordinary and perplexing questions that scientists are asking about the origin and nature of our world. How can we re-create the Big Bang? How and why does our universe contain so much matter and so little antimatter? Are we about to discover how dark matter was formed during our universe’s first moments? Are we lifting the veil on the era of cosmic inflation, which led to the creation of our world as we know it?

Dan Hooper is Senior Scientist and the Head of Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. Previously, he was the David Schramm Fellow at Fermilab, and a postdoc at the University of Oxford. In 2003, he completed his PhD in physics at the University of Wisconsin. His research focuses on the interface between particle physics and cosmology. He’s especially interested in questions about dark matter, supersymmetry, neutrinos, extra dimensions and cosmic rays.

Copies of Dan’s book, ‘At the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe’s First Seconds’, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

This event will be filmed and on the Ri’s YouTube channel within a few months.