Universe model not quite bang on target

02 March 2009

Professor Malcolm Longair

The inflationary model of the early Universe is surprisingly successful in explaining its origins, but it does produce some problems, said eminent astronomer and cosmologist Professor Malcolm Longair.

In his lecture, Hot News from the Big Bang: Why inflation is a good thing, at UCT on 24 February, the University of Cambridge scholar said astronomers and cosmologists agree that the model is a great achievement, but there is still much more work to be done before a completely satisfactory theory of the Universe is found.

Longair was a guest lecturer of the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP).

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