Don't Miss: End of universe studied in physics lecture

Will Kinney, assistant professor of physics at the University at Buffalo, will speak on "The End of the Universe and the Future of Life" during a public lecture sponsored by the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics (MCTP). The talk is 7-8 p.m. Oct. 9 at 340 West Hall, 1085 S. University.

Recent developments in cosmology have not only shed new light on the beginning of the universe; they also have changed speculations about how it may end in the far future.

Chief among these new discoveries is the observation that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, indicating that it will end not in a "big crunch," but in an ever-faster rush of expansion.

In the context of this new cosmology, Kinney will revisit the argument first made by Freeman Dyson in 1979 that life in an expanding universe has a limitless future. The reality for the future of evolution is more complex than Dyson envisioned, Kinney says.

There will be refreshments at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 615-2492 or go to www.umich.edu/~mct.