Modern Cosmology and the Origin of the Universe
The last decades have seen great advances
in our understanding of the history of our
universe. I will summarize our current
knowledge, describe some of the puzzles
that still remain and speculate about future
developments in cosmology.
Matias Zaldarriaga has made many influential
and creative contributions to our understanding of the
early universe, particle astrophysics, and cosmology
As a probe of fundamental physics. Much of his work
centers on understanding the clues about the earliest
moments of our universe encoded in the Cosmic
Microwave Background, the faint glow of radiation
generated by the Big Bang, and in the distribution of
matter in the late Universe.