The origin of the Universe, singularity or instability


Enrique Alvarez, Jürgen Audretsch, Jean Babaud, Jacob Bekenstein, Geoffrey R. Burbidge (1925 – 2010), Vittorio Canuto, Mario Castagnino, Paul Davies, David Finkelstein, Christiane Frémont, Andrey A. Grib, Edgard Gunzig (organiser), Rémi Hakim, Marc Lachièze-Rey, Jean-Pierre Luminet, Pasquale (Pascal) Nardone, Ilya Prigogine (1917 – 2003) (organiser), Remo J. Ruffini, Michel Serres, Lawrence C. Shepley, Victor Szebehely (1921 – 1997), William G. Unruh, Alexander Vilenkin


Among participants gathered at Les Treilles from 4 to 9 July, 1988, fifteen were physicists analyzing the different theoretical options that emerge from the new conceptual landscape offered by the cosmology at that time (see below the detailed list of participants and their interventions) .

During the few years preceding the meeting, understanding the evolution of the structure of the universe and was deeply upset. A new cosmological paradigm has indeed emerged: “inflationary cosmology”, resulting from the unexpected union between theory which manages the world of the infinitely small, that of elementary particles, and one that describes the infinitely large, the universe as a whole. The extraordinary fact is that this inflation simultaneously solves all the conceptual problems which were absolutely insoluble as part of the traditional theory of the big bang called the “standard model”.

"Origine de l'Univers : singularité ou instabilité ?" - Participants et communications

ParticipantInstitutionTitle of talk
Alvarez Enrique Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, SpainPrimordial superstrings and the origin of the universe
Audretsch Jürgen Universität Konstanz, GermanyOptical theorem in curved space-time quantum field theory
Babaud Jean Physicien, Paris-
Bekenstein Jacob Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, IsraelIs the cosmological singularity thermodynamically possible?
Burbidge Geoffrey R. (1925 - 2010)University of California San Diego - Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, USAModern cosmology: the harmonious and the discordant facts
Canuto Vittorio National Aeronautics and Space Administration Institute for Space Studies, New York, USAExperimental test of the variability of G using viking lander ranging data
Castagnino Mario Université de Buenos Aires, ArgentineProbalistic time and the quantum gravity interpretation
Davies Paul University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UKCosmological dissipative structure
Finkelstein David Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USAFirst flash and second vacuum
Frémont Christiane CNRS, Paris-
Grib Andrey A. Université de Leningrad, RussieQuantum effects in Friedmann space and creation of macroscopic mass
Gunzig Edgard (organisateur)Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), BelgiqueEntropy and black hole evaporation (with P. Nardone)
Hakim Rémi Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, France-
Lachièze-Rey Marc Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, FranceStatistics of the galaxy distribution
Luminet Jean-Pierre Observatoire de Meudon, Département d'astrophysique relativiste et de cosmologie, FranceHighlights in black hole astrophysics
Nardone Pasquale (Pascal) Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), BelgiqueFrom unstable Minkowski space to inflation
Prigogine Ilya (1917 - 2003) (organisateur)Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), BelgiqueThermodynamics and cosmology
Ruffini Remo J. Centre International d'Astrophysique Relativiste, Rome, Italy-
Serres Michel Université Paris Sorbonne, Paris-
Shepley Lawrence C. Université d'Austin, Texas, USA-
Szebehely Victor (1921 - 1997)Center for Space Research, Austin, Texas, USACosmology and celestial mechanics
Unruh William G. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada-
Vilenkin Alexander Tufts University, Medford, USACreation of universes from nothing
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