WCA public lecture: Physics at the End of the Universe

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


Earth with a bright light just emerging behind it.

Join the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics for a public lecture (offered in-person and online) as Dr. Katie Mack explores "Physics at the End of the Universe": The Big Bang theory tells the story of the beginning of the Universe, our cosmic home for the last 13.8 billion years. But how does the story end? I’ll share what modern astrophysics tells us about the ultimate fate of the cosmos, and what the catastrophic destruction of all reality would look like to anyone still around to see it.

Dr. Katie Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist exploring a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She is currently an assistant professor of physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster. From June 2022 she will be the Hawking Chair in Cosmology and Science Communication at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. She is the author of the book "The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)" and has written for a number of popular publications, such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time, and Cosmos magazine. She can be found on Twitter as @AstroKatie.

Registration is required for both in-person and online attendance.


Dr. Katie Mack portrait pose against a concrete wall.