Cosmic Knowledge and the Long-term Strategy of the Human Race

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Modern astronomy has succeeded remarkably well in explaining the cosmic origins of the human race — how the Galaxy was assembled, how the Sun and Earth were formed, and where the precious chemical elements that comprise our planet came from. For the first time in history, the human race is poised to use that knowledge of the cosmic past to predict Earth’s cosmic future, and it looks extraordinarily bright ahead. Evidently, we human beings have been given the most precious gift of all, cosmic time — roughly a billion years of it. The challenge is now clear: how will we humans use this extraordinary opportunity? Sandy Faber argued in this lecture that the profound insights from cosmology will be central to answering this question.

Sandra Faber helped to discover dark matter in the Universe, and co-invented the standard paradigm for galaxy formation based on it. She received the National Medal of Science in February 2013 from President Obama and the Gruber Prize in Cosmology in October 2017

The Hintze lectures highlight contemporary developments in astrophysics and cosmology and are generously funded by the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation.


Sandra Moore Faber (born December 28, 1944) is an astrophysicist known for her research on the evolution of galaxies. She is the University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and works at the Lick Observatory. She has made important discoveries linking the brightness of galaxies to the speed of stars within them and was the co-discoverer of the Faber–Jackson relation. Faber was also instrumental in designing the Keck telescopes in Hawaii.

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