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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, currently on leave of absence to the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, where he is part of the senior leadership team establishing a new Data Science Institute.

His research focuses on cosmology, machine learning and data science. An award-winning author and science communicator, he is the recipient of the Annie Maunder Medal 2020 of the Royal Astronomical Society for his public engagement work. For more information about him, please visit his website: http://robertotrotta.com/

Roberto Trotta's lecture series are as follows:

2021/22 The Frontiers of Knowledge

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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