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Published on Jun 11, 2009
Edward W. Kolb (known to most as "Rocky") gave the 2009 Buhl Lecture, sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Department of Physics. In his lecture "Mysteries of the Dark Universe", Kolb talks about how most of the universe is in a mysterious form called dark matter and most of the energy in the universe is in an even more mysterious form called dark energy. In the next decade, the combination of new astronomical facilities, powerful particle accelerators and sensitive laboratory experiments promises to unlock the secrets of dark matter and dark energy, connecting the inner-space of the quantum with the outer space of the cosmos.
Kolb is the Arthur Holly Compton distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics. In addition to more than 200 scientific papers, he is a co-author of The Early Universe, the standard textbook on particle physics and cosmology. He is the chair of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.