UT Science Forum: Soren Sorensen Explains Life Cycle of the Universe

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KNOXVILLE – Soren Sorensen, professor and head of the physics department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will deliver this week’s UT Science Forum lecture, “The End of the Universe.” His talk will begin at noon on Friday, April 16, in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D.

The UT Science Forum is a weekly event where leading science researchers share their discoveries and discuss the frontiers of their fields in a way that the general public can understand.

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UT Science Forum programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches or purchase lunch at the Café at the Arena.

Sorensen’s talk examines how the universe ages and will present scenarios that may happen at the end of the universe. Sorensen said he hopes to inspire discussion for anyone who wants to know more about the world around them.

“Based on the science we know today, we can try to make some qualified estimates for what would be a reasonable scenario for the end of the universe,” Sorensen said. “I cannot say one thing is exactly what will happen. I am trying to extrapolate way, way out into the future to see what happens eventually to all the suns, the stars, the galaxies and all the materials we see around us.”

In the featured video, Sorensen details more on his Science Forum discussion.

The UT Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research. Upcoming presentations include:

• April 23: Forbes Walker, associate professor of biosystems engineering and soil science, presents “Developing Conservation Agriculture Systems in Africa.”

• April 30: Suzanne Lenhart, professor of mathematics, presents “The Power of Optimal Control: From Confining Rabies to Improving CPR.”

For questions about the UT Science Forum, contact Mark Littmann, littmann@utk.edu or 974-8156, or Mike Clark, clarkgmorph@utk.edu or 974-6006.

C O N T A C T :

Bridget Hardy (865-974-2225, bhardy4@utk.edu)

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