Apr 27, 2009

Seeking knowledge to the ends of the universe

“How did all the stars get in the sky?” asks a child of her parent as they look up into the speckled darkness of a clear night. This question has persistently challenged the human imagination since the beginning of time.

Modern science tells us that stars are balls of burning gas, located light-years away from the Earth and held in their courses by the force of gravity. But the question of how they got there is one that Professor Arif Babul, an Ismaili cosmologist, researcher, and professor, seeks to understand.

This composite of three separate images of the same galaxy cluster collision in one image allows Professor Babul to view the whole system. This method has become crucial to his research over the last decade. Photo: NASA / CXC / CFHT / UVic / A Mahdavi et alEquipped with some of the most powerful technologies of our age, and collaborating with colleagues around the world, Professor Babul’s work is to search for science’s answer to the puzzle of creation and the evolution of our infinite universe.

With a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton, Professor Babul taught at several prominent universities before accepting a position at the University of Victoria in his home country of Canada. He was recently awarded the title Distinguished Professor — the highest academic honour that the university bestows on a faculty member for their research and the international recognition that they have garnered. It also acknowledges his work in founding the Canadian Computational Cosmology Collaboration, which brings together geographically isolated cosmologists so that they may share ideas and work together on answering the question.

MOre @ http://www.theismaili.org/cms/700/

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