In this personal talk, Professor Knox charts his career as a cosmologist. From his early beginnings as a curious child, to his success, disillusionment, and eventual rediscovery of his passion; he uses his story to encourage people to fight the fear of failure, and pursue their dreams despite what others might say. Lloyd Knox is UC Davis Physics Professor who joined the faculty in 2001. In his reseach, Professor Knox uses the cosmos as a laboratory for studying our origins and the fundamental laws of nature. He has motivated significant observational projects (including two satellites), brought to his field now-standard data analysis tools, had the most precise determination of the age of the Universe, contributed to the establishment of the ``Lambda CDM" cosmological paradigm, quantitatively predicted and then detected the clustering properties of the far-infrared background, and advised federal funding agencies how to support research in dark energy via his service on the Dark Energy Task Force. His current work is focused on interpretation of data from the Planck satellite and the South Pole Telescope. About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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