Astrophysics Knowns and Unknowns

TUE, DEC 20, 2016 (34:27)

Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan discusses fundamental knowns and unknowns of astrophysics --and what is most important for the public to understand.

In addition to her research, Dr. Natarajan is seriously committed to improving public understanding of science. This effort is represented in her many public talks and interviews, her 2016 book, Mapping the Heavens, and numerous articles and book reviews for the general public. In a July 2016 visit with Science for the Public, Dr. Natarajan talked about the historical resistance to a number of concepts and discoveries in astrophysics --all of which are fully accepted today-- as described in her book, Mapping the Heavens.

Photo: Lagoon Nebula By ESO/VPHAS+ team - CC BY 4.0,

+ BIO: Priyamvada Natarajan

Priyamvada Natarajan is professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University and holds the Sophie and Tycho Brahe Professorship at the Dark Center, Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and an honorary professorship at the University of Delhi, India. Her research and original contributions to the study of dark matter, dark energy, and black holes have won her many awards and honors, including the Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships. Invested in public dissemination of science and numerical literacy, she is a member of the advisory board of NOVA ScienceNow, participates regularly in the World Science Festival, and writes for The New York Review of Books

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