Join The Humanities Studio in welcoming Brian Keating, cosmologist and inventor, who will speak about his book Losing the Nobel Prize: A Cosmological Memoir as part of the 2018-2019 Studio Speakers Series.
In Losing the Nobel Prize, Keating tells the inside story of the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization (BICEP) experiment, and of BICEP2’s mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued. He provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. In a thoughtful reappraisal of the wishes of Alfred Nobel, Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize, providing a vision of a scientific future in which cosmologists may, finally, be able to see all the way back to the very beginning.
Keating is a professor of physics at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS) in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He is a public speaker, inventor, and an expert in the study of the universe’s oldest light, the cosmic microwave background (CMB), using it to learn about the origin and evolution of the universe. He is a pioneer in the search for the earliest physical evidence of the inflationary epoch, the theorized period of expansion of space in the early universe directly after the Big Bang.
The event, co-sponsored by the Pomona College Department of Physics, is free and open to the public.
- Pomona College
- Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
- 170 E. Sixth Street