Feeling Small in a Big Cosmos (rescheduled)

Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00 PM (PT)
Murdock Hall Mc Gill Auditorium 118
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Lecture, Film, Forum
Natural Sciences

(Rescheduled for Feb. 28)
A Whiteley Lecture Series Event 
Presented by Shane Larson, research associate professor and associate director of CIERA at Northwestern University

Staring out into the Universe has the power to simultaneously make you feel small, but empowered. On the one hand, we are deeply aware of the notion that we are small lifeforms on an insignificant speck of dust in some lonely corner of the Cosmos. That overwhelming sense of smallness is at great odds with the realization that we are capable of unravelling and exposing the deepest mysteries of the Cosmos. The ability to understand the Cosmos can make us feel big. 

The road to understanding our place in the Cosmos has been a long and tangled journey. In this chat, we'll examine some of the story of how newfound knowledge has continually forced us to abandon cherished ideas about the Universe, leading us from a time when we believed Earth and humanity were the center of all things, to today, where we are one small part of the greater Cosmos.

Feeling Small in a Big Cosmos
Feeling Small in a Big Cosmos (rescheduled) 7:00 PM (PT)
Murdock Hall Mc Gill Auditorium 118
2138 Cedar St, Forest Grove, OR 97116
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