Prof. Jiun-Huei Proty Wu

Prof. Jiun-Huei Proty Wu

Prof. Jiun-Huei Proty Wu

Professor Jiun-Huei Proty Wu is a cosmologist based at National Taiwan University (NTU), with a PhD from University of Cambridge. He is currently on secondment as the Director of UK Division, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan. Previously he served as the Deputy Vice President for International Affairs at NTU. He is also a Joint Researcher at Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica, and an adjunct professor at National Chengchi University. In addition, he promotes telescope-DIY and 3D film making.

 

See the universe through Stephen Hawking
Prof. Stephen Hawking passed away on 14th March 2018, the 139th death anniversary of Albert Einstein, leaving not only tremendous scientific impact to our society but also a role-model story for a more human world. In this talk, we shall view the world through Stephen Hawking from various perspectives, including a personal perspective. He is a world-record warrior against ALS; he is one of the most popular book writers; he is one of the greatest cosmologists in history specializing in black holes and spacetime; he is a great mentor and a great man. He never won the Nobel Prize, which now seems superfluous for what he has achieved in life. Thank you Stephen for making us better humans.

From Aliens to the Parent Universe
Two popular open questions about our universe are whether or not we are alone and what is before the Big Bang. Modern technology has pushed us much closer to the answers than ever. If we are to find aliens, where could that possibly be and what kind of impact are we expecting? This is a great challenge when facing the huge ‘space’ that we have. On the other hand, for the study of ‘time’ we all agree that our universe started off with the Big Bang and has evolved for 14 billion years to reach today, but what is before the Big Bang? One common answer is that some creator built up everything and now an alternative answer is that our universe comes from its parent. The ‘parent universe’ theory involves Loop Quantum Gravity (LQG) and has become observationally testable. In this talk we shall provide updates for the latest progress in tackling these questions and we are indeed in a very exciting moment for answering them with scientific approaches.