The Dark Side of the Universe - Lectures 1 & 2: Screening + Discussion

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Every week on Wednesday

Industry Lab

288 Norfolk Street · Cambridge, MA

How to find us

The entrance is through the loading dock in the back of the building (see image below). There will be signs posted by 7:30PM that night.

Location image of event venue


Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts!

What can I say; when Prof. Carroll mentioned his series on Dark Matter and Dark Energy during our last set of lectures on the Higgs Boson, I just couldn't help myself. I know what you're thinking, "didn't we do a DM/DE theme last year?" True, but I feel this time around will be even better because A) Sean Carroll is a great science communicator, B) this topic is a nice segue from our last series on the standard model/Higgs Boson, and C) the last time we talked about DM/DE it was a hodgepodge of videos and talks that I pulled from the far corners of the internet, whereas this set of lectures is a complete, self-contained unit.

That being said, please join us this Wednesday (6/19) as we begin our 12-week screening + discussion of the lecture series "Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe." In this series we will examine the key concepts of an expanding universe from Albert Einstein to Edwin Hubble, led by an expert in the field. We'll be beginning our journey tomorrow night with two lectures focused on our current understanding of the building blocks of the universe as well as the history of how we got here. A description of lectures #1 & #2 are below:

Lecture #1: Fundamental Building Blocks (2007, 33 min)

"Scientists now have a complete inventory of the universe, which is composed of three basic constituents: Ordinary matter includes every kind of particle ever directly observed; dark matter consists of massive particles known only because of their gravitational effects; and dark energy is a smoothly distributed component that whose density does not change as the universe expands."

Lecture #2: The Smooth, Expanding Universe (2007, 30 min)

"Imagine looking into a clear night sky with perfect vision. What would you see? This lecture surveys the visible universe—from the stars in our galaxy to the cloudy patches called nebulae that astronomer Edwin Hubble proved are galaxies in their own right—and Hubble's discovery that the universe is expanding."

Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject. No prior understanding of Dark Matter, Dark Energy, subatomic physics, Higgs Bosons, quantum field theory, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely.

Now for some administrative details....

The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM.

As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along!

There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods:

Venmo: @reece-daniel


cash: donation cup at event

You can also donate through, but they take a 17% cut!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!


Curator, Church of the Cosmos
Organizer, SomEV Presents
City Organizer, Meetup-Boston