My talk at “The Origins of the Expanding Universe”

You may recall that I gave a talk recently at a meeting called The Origins of the Expanding Universe in Flagstaff, Arizona. I put the slides up here. Well, the organizers have now put videos of the presentations online so you have the chance to see mine, warts and all.

I was relieved when I saw this on Youtube that the organizers were kind enough to edit out the embarrassing bit at the start when my laptop refused to talk to the data projector and I had to swap to another one. Sorting all that out seemed to take ages, which didn’t help my frame of mind and I was even more nervous than I would have been anyway given that this was my first public appearance after a rather difficult summer. Those are my excuses for what was, frankly, not a particularly good talk. But at least I survived. Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.

12 Responses to “My talk at “The Origins of the Expanding Universe””

  1. Steve Jones Says:

    I thought it was a really interesting talk. Seeing as Nobel prizes are in the news, is there a standard answer as to why Einstein never got a one for General Relativity?

    If, as you say in this talk, the eclipse results were such a media sensation, it would seem like a natural time to award it.

    • telescoper Says:

      There’s an article about just that question here:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/across-the-universe/2012/oct/08/einstein-nobel-prize-relativity

      although there’s no real evidence to back up the accusation of anti-semitism.

      You also have to remember that in 1919 the result was still controversial. Later, better, eclipse measurements were needed to really settle the story.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Others have since won two Nobels for their scientific research; Einstein should have. Or was it regarded as a once-a-lifetime thing early on but not later?

      • telescoper Says:

        http://almaz.com/nobel/double.html

        Only Bardeen won the Physics prize twice.

        I agree that it Einstein should have had it for GR, but perhaps not until radio measurements had made the light bending thing incontrovertible.

      • telescoper Says:

        Yes, I forgot that Einstein died in 1955. Accurate radio measurements were not made until the late 60s…

      • telescoper Says:

        Bragg (William and Lawrence) for Physics. At the same time. Bragg junior is the youngest-ever winner of the Physics Nobel Prize.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Neils and Aage Bohr.

      • Steve Jones Says:

        JJ Thompson and his son George both won Nobel Prizes in physics. I remember reading in my physics text book that this was a bit of a paradox because JJ won it for showing that the electron is a particle and George won it for showing that the electron is a wave.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        “the prize is (normally) not awarded posthumously.”

        Has there been an exception Philip? If so, that would be interesting.

  2. >>> when my laptop refused to talk to the data projector and I had to swap to another one.

    You didn’t swap to a Mac did you? I see a little glowing apple there!

  3. Brilliant talk, well done!

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