SciSoc were recently proud to welcome Edmund Copeland, who argued that dark matter is a necessary component of the universe. Professor Copeland specialises in particle cosmology at the University of Nottingham and is a well-known presenter on the YouTube channel Numberphile.

The discussion focused on dark matter, dark energy and the origins and nature of the universe, which, considering the Noble Prize for Physics had recently been awarded for research in this area, was particularly relevant.

Professor Copeland explored modern theories which attempt to trace the origin of dark matter and dark energy, thus making his talk accessible and intriguing to both those were new to this area and those who knew a little more. Throughout his talk he welcomed questions from the audience, and many boys engaged with the ideas which are right at the cutting edge of modern physics.