Dr. Moninder Singh Modgil gave this talk during his visit to QGR onon November 15, 2017.
The Logician Kurt Godel, known for his “Incompleteness Theorems”, was a friend of Albert Einstein’s while they were both at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton.
In 1949, on the occasion of Einstein’s 70th birthday, Godel, in a seminar, presented a model of a rotating universe–the model which bears his name. This was the first solution of Einstein’s field
equation in which it was demonstrated that time travel was possible. Obukhov has researched a metric which combines expansion with rotation. The rotation is high in the early stages of the universe, and slows down as the universe expands. Observational evidence for rotation of the universe is discussed.
About Dr. Moninder:
Dr. Moninder Singh Modgil specializes in the “Godel Universe,” which is a rotating universe solution of Einstein’s field equations. He received his PhD in General Relativistic Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. He did his B.Tech. (Hons.) at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, in Aeronautical Engineering and has worked on the aerodynamic design of the “Tejas” fighter jet. He has also worked on a collaborative atmospheric project between the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado.