Alex Filippenko - the accelerating expansion of the universe


Professor Filippenko has an almost unparalleled academic career in the field of astronomy. Having been a professor at UC Berkeley for over 30 years, Alex has won a flurry of awards including the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2015, the Gruber Cosmology Prize in 2007, and “Best Professor” on the Berkeley campus a record 9 times!

In this podcast, Professor Filippenko speaks to some of the milestones of his incredible academic career, in addition to the current projects and initiatives he’s working on.

A few topics we touch on include:

  • Filippenko’s role on the teams that discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe, and the connection that has to dark energy
  • The current uncertainties that astrophysicists tackle How the discipline of astronomy is broken up
  • and how computer science plays a role Filippenko’s legendary proposal story and much, much more!

If you’re interested in learning more, watch any of Professor Filippenko’s speaking engagements online, or consider taking one of his flagship courses, Astronomy C10.