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Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Why Society Needs Astronomy and Cosmology

Professor Roberto Trotta

'One day, Sir, you may tax it': Faraday's prescient quip when quizzed about the practical value of electricity in 1850 neatly demonstrates that advanced societies cannot afford to stifle scientific curiosity for its own sake - a powerful if serendipitous driver of technological and societal progress. 

It will be argued that fundamental research into astronomy, cosmology and particle physics is a luxury that humankind cannot do without. This cultural, technological and scientific returns of such an enterprise far outweigh the costs. 

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Roberto Trotta is Visiting Gresham Professor of Cosmology and Professor of Astrostatistics at Imperial College, London.

For more information about him, please visit his website: http://robertotrotta.com/

Roberto Trotta's lecture series are as follows:

2020/21 The Unexpected Universe

2019/20 The Nature of Reality

All lectures by the Visiting Professor of Cosmology can be accessed here.

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15 March 2016

Why Society Needs Astronomy and Cosmology
Professor Roberto Trotta

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