Résumé / Abstract Seminaire_IAP
« The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time »

Sean Carroll

Over a century ago, Boltzmann and others provided a microscopic understanding for the tendency of entropy to increase. But this understanding relies ultimately on an empirical fact about cosmology: the early universe had a very low entropy. Why was it like that? Cosmologists aspire to provide a dynamical explanation for the observed state of the universe, but have had very little to say about the dramatic asymmetry between early times and late times. I will discuss whether the problem of low-entropy initial conditions can be alleviated within the context of a multiverse.
vendredi 29 novembre 2013 - 11:00
Amphithéâtre Henri Mineur, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
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