by Marcia Bartusiak, Professor of Science Writing at M.I.T
On New Year’s Day in 1925, a young Edwin Hubble released his finding that our Universe was far bigger than previously
believed. Hubble’s proclamation sent shock waves through the scientific community. Six years later, in a series of meetings at Mt. Wilson Observatory, Hubble and others convinced Albert Einstein that the Universe was not static, as he had imagined, but in fact expanding. In her lecture on this era, Marcia Bartusiak will reveal the battles of will, clever insights, incredible technology, ground-breaking research, and wrong turns made by the early investigators of the heavens as they raced to uncover what many consider one of most significant discoveries in scientific history.
Combining her undergraduate training in journalism with a master’s degree in physics, Ms. Bartusiak has been covering the fields of astronomy and physics for nearly 4 decades. She has published in a variety of publications, including Science, Smithsonian, Discover, National Geographic, and Astronomy. The author of six books, she is currently Professor of the Practice of the Graduate Program in Science Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.