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Temple Talks: Wonders of the Cosmos

How old is the Universe? How did it appear and why? What is our place within it?

The human mind always faced the deep mysteries of existence by creating imaginative myths, superstitions and religious beliefs.

Modern science has found evidence for a Universe that develops by assembling the tiny building blocks that emerged from a very simple and unique instant of creation.

From that remote beginning, this lecture brings the broad perspective of a linear timeline to illustrate almost eternal processes of assembly that challenge our imagination. At least in one case, these processes have achieved extraordinary levels of complexity found in bio-chemical organisms that despite their physical insignificance, have developed awareness and emotions, questioning and exploring the very Universe that assembled them.

The cosmic timeline shows our humble and accidental place in a vast and ancient Universe. Today we know that all forms of life have always shared the same basic structures, that humanity had a common origin in central Africa not that long ago and that we live in a unique and fragile cosmic paradise.

But how do we know all this? How fragile is our presence in the cosmic paradise that we call Planet Earth? And how can we give a sense of purpose to our existence?


  • Doors will open 7pm, with the talk beginning at 8pm - giving you a chance to grab a drink and connect with like-minded people before the talk.


Dr Francisco Diego is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL, Vice President of the UK Association for Astronomy Education and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Has appeared on TV series like Stephen Hawking's Universe, BBC's The Planets and more recently, the world-wide version of BBC's Wonders of the Universe, The Seven Ages of Starlight, The Secret Life of the Sun and Genius by Stephen Hawking (PBS).

Founder and director of Your Universe, the UCL festival of Astronomy. His most recent educational project is called Think Universe!  a novel and ambitious idea to bring fundamental science to the primary and secondary classroom with initial support from the Royal Society and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Experience includes:

  • Interactive talk with one of the UK's leading astronomers
  • Meet and connect with like-minded people before the talk 
  • Q+A with Dr Diego at the end



Earlier Event: June 8
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Later Event: June 28
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