Oct 14, 2022

The origin of our universe from the multiverse — with Laura Mersini-Houghton

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Join cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton as she discusses her ground-breaking theory, and how her path from communist Albania helped her become one of the most courageous thinkers on the world stage of theoretical physics. Watch the Q&A for this video here:

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The multiverse has gone from philosophical speculation to one of the most compelling and credible explanations of our universe’s origins.

In this talk, Laura interweaves her unconventional journey with reshaping our understanding of humanity’s places in the unfathomable vastness of the cosmos.

This lecture was filmed on 3 August 2022.

0:00 Introduction.
3:15 The story of the universe in one slide.
6:49 Why does entropy make the universe seemingly impossible?
11:49 The origin of the universe in philosophy.
16:54 Is the universe deterministic.
22:14 The quantum to classical transition.
28:45 Developing the theory of the multiverse.
33:32 A crisis in string theory.
37:48 Using quantum cosmology.
45:18 The cold spot theory and cosmic variants.
48:10 The progress of cosmology.
52:22 Dinner in a nuclear reactor.

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