Cafe Scientifique: Astronomy in bars

If you found yourself sitting across the bar from one of the world’s leading astronomers, what would you ask? According to UofT Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dr. Roberto Abraham, imbibing astronomers are asked the following top five questions:

  1. Since the Big Bang created the Universe, what was happening before the Big Bang?
  2. If the Universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?
  3. If the Universe is expanding, then am I getting bigger?
  4. Where did the Big Bang occur?
  5. How do I know you're not totally full of "crap" when answering these questions?

Abraham promises he can give a pretty good answer to 3.5 of these 5 questions - to find out which, come to Café Scientifique at Herman’s Jazz Club this October.


Reserve now for 6:00 p.m., October 13

Reserve now for 8:00 p.m., October 13

About the speaker

Dr. Roberto Abraham is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto and the Principal Investigator of the Gemini Deep Deep Survey, an international project designed to study galaxies formed when the universe was only a few billion years old. His many awards include the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation Career Award, and the University of Toronto's Outstanding Teaching Award.

About the event

Café Scientifique is an informal series of talks designed to engage the public in scientific research happening at the University of Victoria. Sponsored by the Faculty of Science, the talks are delivered by UVic researchers and provide an opportunity for discussion around some of the most exciting topics in modern science.

What: “The five questions astronomers get asked most often in bars” by Dr. Robert Abraham (University of Toronto)

When: Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 p.m. AND Tuesday, October 13, 8:00 p.m.

Where: Herman’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Reservations are required.