Nobel Prize winnerís public lecture


†††† March 21, 2012óWe drove to West Virginia University to hear John Matherís lecture, The History of the Universe in a Nutshell. Mather won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics.

†††† From the Big Bang to now, and on to the futureóMather told the story of how we got here, how the Universe began with a Big Bang, how it could have produced an Earth where sentient beings can live, and how those beings are discovering their history.

††† Mather was Project Scientist for NASAís Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, which measured the spectrum (the color) of the radiation from the Big Bang.

†††† Matherís team discovered hot and cold spots in that radiation and hunted for the first objects that formed after the great explosion.

†††† Mather explained Einsteinís biggest mistake,

how Edwin Hubble discovered the expansion of the

Nobel prize winner Dr. John Mather with Dr. Popson and student Jacob Poldruhi.


universe, and how the COBE data support the Big Bang theory.

†††† Mather is the head of the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) Mission at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. He also serves as Chair of the James Webb Space Telescope Mission.