The black hole at the beginning of time

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Prof. Robert Mann, University of Waterloo
This colloquium will be held in Prentice (42) 212 at 3pm.

Could the big bang be hidden inside of a black hole?  Early universe cosmology is dedicated to understanding how to obtain a predictable cosmos in the face of the unpredictable implications of the cosmic singularity that classical physics tells us must be present at the big bang.   But modern ideas of brane-world cosmology suggest that perhaps this cosmic singularity could be cloaked by a black hole. After providing a brief review of modern cosmology and its conundrums, I will sketch out the possibility that the origin of time might actually be hidden inside of a black hole, the prospects for testing this idea, and the potential implications this has for both inflation and the multiverse.

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