Is the Universe Infinite?
It is an ancient question on whether the Universe has an edge or wall, does it have a beginning (or an end), or whether is it infinite in space and time. Modern cosmology, powered by a suite of new technologies and space-based observatories, has resolved many of these questions painting a naturalist explanation for most of the properties of the Universe. This talk will present the meaning of these discoveries in a non-mathematical format.
James Schombert is a Professor of Astronomy at the Univ. of Oregon since 1996. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Yale University in 1985 and enjoyed postdoctoral appointments at Caltech and Michigan. He was a staff scientist at NASA/JPL in the 90's and served on the science staff at NASA HQ for two years. He currently studies the formation and evolution of galaxies across the wavelengths from the UV to the far-IR.