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Lee Historical Lecture: Richard A. Muller

March 18, 2016
One Catastrophe After Another: The Big Bang, Death of the Dinosaurs, Ice Ages, Global Warming, and Beyond

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 8:00pm
Geological Lecture Hall 100, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA.
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My research has followed an interesting track of catastrophes, from the Big Bang, to supernovas, the destruction of the dinosaurs, the ice ages, global warming, and now air pollution–currently killing 4400 people every day in China. Remarkably, air pollution and global warming can be solved together.


Richard Muller was founded the groups at Berkeley that discovered the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave radiation, and the dark energy. He was also a founder of adaptive optics, and made the first real-time image correction of a star. He invented Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, now the standard method used for radiocarbon dating. For 34 years he was a Jason advisor to the US government on national security issues, with an emphasis on counter-terrorism. He spent a decade studying the astronomical origin of the ice ages, and that led to his key work in Global Warming; he and his daughter founded the non-profit research organization Berkeley Earth, and directly addressed all of the major complaints of the skeptics. That has now led to an ongoing study of air pollution; their recent paper showed that 4400 people in China alone die every day from air pollution.

Muller has written many Op-Eds in the New York Times, the Wall St. Journal, essays for MIT’s Technology Review, and 10 books, including the best-selling Physics for Future Presidents. He is currently the most popular question answerer on the online feature Quora.com, with over 50 million views. His new book Now - The Physics of Time is about to come out.