Cosmos & Cocktails

Each Cosmos & Cocktails event matches one astronomer with a mixologist, who has created a unique drink inspired by the lecture at hand.  You will be given access to hearing some of Toronto’s finest speakers on topics that run the gamut of the galaxy. Additionally, each session allows you to taste a one-of-a-kind beverage to sample in the lab and have the recipe to take home. Studies reveal that the effects of attending this event have proven to impress friends with your newfound knowledge and drink-making abilities. Part mind expanding lecture and part mixology lesson, this series is dedicated to enhancing your brain and your palate. 

451 Christie St. Toronto, ON. M6G 3C7

Thursday, November 19, 2015

7:00-9:00 PM

19+ must bring a valid ID


Cosmology in the 21st Century

Revolutionary progress has been achieved in the science of cosmology over the past 30 years. Powerful experiments, made possible by new technologies, have transformed our understanding of the universe. We have unveiled the laws of physics that govern time and space on the grandest scales, from the big bang to present day. 

The universe, we’ve learned, is full surprises. For instance, dark matter - the invisible gravitational glue that permeates the vast majority of the universe - remains one of the greatest unsolved puzzles of astrophysics. Nor do we yet fully understand the quantum mechanical nature of the big bang, or the universe’s current transition into a new stage of rapid expansion. 

Perhaps most surprising is how remarkably simple these phenomena are to describe, yet so vexing to comprehensively explain. But as the pace of discovery continues to accelerate, so too will our ability to decode these grandest of puzzles. 

During this lecture, Kendrick Smith will take the audience on a journey of discovery through the expanding universe, from the big bang to our present-day understanding of dark matter and other cosmic phenomena. He will explore the yet-unsolved mysteries of the universe, and explain how new research aims to shed light on these deep questions.



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$50 + HST

Participants must be registered prior to the commencement of the workshop. Once payment is received, a confirmation will be emailed to you. Receipt of payment secures your place in the workshop. There are no makeup classes or refunds for missed classes. Refunds will not be given after the workshop has taken place. 

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Kendrick Smith, PhD, Cosmology

Kendrick Smith’s research tackles some of the most enduring questions in human history: how did the universe begin, what is it made of, and how does it work? Smith is a “data-oriented” cosmologist whose work is a mixture of theoretical physics, computational physics, statistics, phenomenology and data analysis. He has been a key member of several world-leading experiments, including the WMAP and Planck satellites, which have mapped the earliest light of the universe, the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), with stunning precision. He and the WMAP team earned the 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize, which recognizes researchers “whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.” He has earned PhDs in both mathematics and physics, and completed postdoctoral positions at Cambridge University and Princeton University before joining Perimeter Institute’s faculty in 2012.
Website | Watch his lectures | CBC inteview

Veronique Audette, Mixologist

Veronique Audette's journey bartending and practicing mixology began working in the largest craft brewery in Canada, where she committed herself to learning the brewing process. As an artisan, she was keen on understanding the complex relationship between consumption, art and science. When this brewery launched biershnapps, a spirit distilled from beer, she was asked to create signature cocktails along with the distiller. This opportunity was the first to allow her to mix her passion for art and mixology and muddle fresh ingredients, bold flavours and authenticity. She now works independently as an entrepreneur and bar tender and is feeding her adventurous spirit through travel.