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Professor Brian Thomas will not only run through the entire history of the universe (with a special focus on the Big Bang), but he will give us the evidence and the discoveries that brought us each piece of the puzzle.

Be ready next time you’re talking to someone who says they don’t know if they believe there really was a Big Bang … How do they know that?

Dr. Thomas says: Before the early 20th century the history of the universe was the domain of philosophy, religion, and conjecture.  Today we know a great deal about how the universe got to be the way it is today, though many questions remain.  I will describe how scientists have developed and confirmed the current "concordance" cosmological model, commonly referred to as The Big Bang Theory.  We'll trace the history of the universe from the earliest moments until today, with a focus on how we know that history.

Followed by Q&A.


Dr. Brian Thomas teaches at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washburn University, where he teaches physics and astronomy courses.  He leads the Washburn Astrobiophysics research group, and he is the principal investigator on a 3-year, $500,000 grant awarded to Washburn in collaboration with the University of Kansas and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.  He appeared in a documentary titled “MegaDisasters” on the History Channel discussing his research group’s work on gamma ray burst mass extinctions.

Come at 6:30 to buy a salad bar meal or whatever you like, and get up to the conference room in time to get to know people before we start at 7:00..

NO FOOD PURCHASE REQUIRED. If you do want to buy a meal, salad, fruit, snacks, drinks, whatever, from the store or restaurant, the kitchen is open till 8pm. The store is open all night. You will love this new location.

From the parking lot, walk into Price Chopper from the door on the right side, and head up the stairs to find our new room.

It's a few minutes farther south and to the west from Perkins. You'll save the small amount of extra gas money just by not needing to pay the tips we paid at Perkins. The Price Chopper is 3 miles south on I-35  then west on 435 to 10 Hwy and continue west 3-1/2 miles to Woodland then go north (right) to first traffic signal turn right and go about a block. Its a huge, beautiful, fairly new store.  Plenty of space for us upstairs.

Afterward:  We’ll continue our conversation at a new location to be announced.

Fred Heeren  /  [masked] /[masked]


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  • ~Sweet T.


    February 17, 2013

  • ~Sweet T.

    Almost missed it. We'll be a few min late.

    February 8, 2013

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    February 8, 2013

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    I will be there

    January 16, 2013

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