Big news for the Big Bang Past Event WEDNESDAY 26 March 2014, HORSE AND TRAP, MT EDEN, 6.30PM March Café Scientifique Professor Richard Easther, Department of Physics, University of Auckland Cosmology was front page news all over the world this month with reports that scientists have detected waves in deep space triggered by the Big Bang. Come and ask Professor Richard Easther, a theoretical cosmologist at the University of Auckland what this means, what happens now, and what we are doing about it in New Zealand. Read more about this topic Space ripples reveal Big Bang’s smoking gun (www.nytimes.com) Scientists detect ripples of Big Bang in deep space (www.independent.ie) About Richard Easther Richard grew up in New Zealand and was educated at the University of Canterbury. After a fellowship in Japan and the United States he took a position as a professor at Yale University before returning to New Zealand and the University of Auckland as Professor and Head of Department of Physics. Richard’s research focuses on the very early universe, exploring the cosmological implications of string theory and the inflationary epoch, a period of accelerated expansion immediately after the big bang thought to set the stage for the subsequent evolution of the universe.