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SISSA colloquium - Precision cosmology turns 20

Licia Verde will discuss what has been learned from precision cosmology and speculate on what the future might hold. The COBE satellite announced and published the observation of the primordial seeds of cosmic structure about 20 years ago. The 2006 Nobel Physics prize recognized these results as " the inception of cosmology as a precise science". Since COBE, cosmology has been hit by an avalanche of data: representative portions of the observable Universe are being mapped out in details and extremely ambitious surveys are being planned for the future.