Forum Hosts Physicist Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton

Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton

Was there a notion of time before our Big Bang? Can we detect universes that are not entangled with ours? What determines the laws of nature?

This live event will be about the theory and predictions of the multi-verse hypothesis “that our universe is one of many,” which is a theory that will be explained by cosmologist and theoretical physicist Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton.

The event will be held at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Prior-Jollek Hall, Antilles School Campus. The Court Yard will open at 7 p.m. with small meals and desserts by Amalia Café.

Born in Albania, Laura Mersini-Houghton, Ph.D., was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Maryland and professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 2010 she appeared in a BBC program entitled “What Happened Before the Big Bang,” where she propounded her theory of the Universe.

Mersini-Houghton is a proponent of the existence of more than one universe. Despite advances in the technology and observations of our universe, it is still unclear why “our universe” looks the way it does or why the laws of physics act the way they do.

The Cosmos

The existence of dark matter, dark energy and the complexity of the expansion of the universe have led her to theorize that the shape and behavior of our universe are the result of interaction with other parallel universes that sprung from the Big Bang. Mersini-Houghton will explain her theory and how data obtained by observations of the primordial radiation of the Big Bang provide support.

Her contribution follows the successful theories of Dr. Stephen Hawking and takes us a step closer to understand the reality in which we live.

Tickets cost: $25 for adults, $10 for teachers $10, $5 for students $5; children under 10 years old are free. Ticket Sales Online:, and at the box office of the Prior-Jollek Hall the evening of the event. They can also be purchased at these locations: Frenchtown Deli, The Medicine Shoppe, Antilles Administrative Building and Chelsea’s Drugstore.