“How can we ask the question ‘how did the universe begin, without first having a pool of many possible universes, with many possible initial conditions, to choose from?”

Laura Mersini-Houghton is a cosmologist, theoretical physicist and Professor at the University of North Carolina. Laura's work focuses on the birth of our universe; she is a proponent of the multiverse theory which suggests that we are just one of many universes. Her theories have been successfully backed up by much astrophysical data. She appeared on the BBC programme What Happened Before the Big Bang alongside Michio Kaku, Neil Turok, Roger Penrose and Lee Smolin. 

In Hay-on-Wye this May Laura will explore whether the Big Bang was really the beginning of it all in Our Story of the Universe

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