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Mapping the Heavens: Tracing the Radical Scientific Ideas that Fundamentally Reshaped the Cosmos

Saturday, June 20, 2020


Friday, June 19th, 2020 9:00-10:30PM (EST)
Saturday, June 20th, 2020 9:00-10:30AM (Beijing Time)

Participating Format

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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

A hundred years ago, we believed that our own galaxy, the Milky Way, constituted the entire universe; we believed that the universe was stagnant; we did not know about the constituents of the universe and believed that we were alone. Cosmological research then relied on Newton’s conceptions of gravity. Since then, discoveries in modern physics, the triumphs of Einstein’s theory of general relativity and the confluence of these ideas and instruments have completely transformed our understanding of space and time.

In this talk, Priyamvada Natarajan, Astrophysicist and Professor in the Astronomy and Physics departments at Yale University, will present the "greatest hits" of recent cosmological discoveries that have radically altered our conception of the cosmos.

The Speaker


Priyamvada Natarajan
Professor in the Astronomy and Physics Departments, Yale University

Priyamvada Natarajan is an astrophysicist and Professor at Yale with a joint appointment in the Astronomy and Physics departments. She has made seminal contributions to our current understanding of the formation and growth of black holes and of the nature of dark matter by mapping it using gravitational lensing.


Recipient of many awards & honors including the Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships, Priya is the Chair of the Division of Astrophysics of The American Physical Society and currently serves on the national Astronomy & Astrophysics Advisory Committee that advises NASA, NSF, and DoE.


She is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos. She and her work have been featured in many news outlets including the New York Times, Quartz, BBC, CNN, New York Review of Books, PBS-NOVA, NPR, Science Friday, and Quanta Magazine to name a few. Deeply interested in interdisciplinary scholarship, she is at present the Director of the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities. Interested in the creative process in science and art, she collaborates with artists and her VR experience piece LUNATICK with the sculptor Sir Antony Gormley and Acute Art UK was on show at the Venice Biennale in 2019.

Yale Starlight Science Series

Bringing discovery from Yale to China, hosted by Yale Center Beijing

The Yale Starlight Science Series will bring outstanding science faculty from Yale University to China to present their latest research, and engage with audiences on related topics of interest. Please join us to explore the latest breakthroughs in scientific frontiers, and what relevance they hold for the future!

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