The History of the Universe

Starting with the Big Bang!

Waaay After Christmas Party!

Friday, February 21, 2020


By Larry Bartoszek

Owner of Bartoszek Engineering –a consulting firm

specializing in design for nuclear and high energy physics


McCrone Research Institute

2820 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60616


6:00 PM: Mediterranean Dinner – Tariff: $20.00 (if eating)

Contact Freddie Smith for Reservations/Cancellations at 312-842-7100 or by Noon, Thursday, February 21st (this is a special catered event, early RSVP is required, if eating)


7:00 PM: Presentation

The talk will describe how the universe changed from moment to moment starting with the earliest things we can know about the Big Bang. Work from experiments on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), the Planck Satellite and information from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) will be used to show how we know things that happened “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” I will give a broad overview of modern cosmology, showing the successes of the Standard model of cosmology as well as pointing out the controversies and unknowns. Dark matter and Dark Energy will be discussed, and their roles in the evolving Universe.


Bio Sketch:

Larry Bartoszek, an Aurora, IL resident, has a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from the University of Illinois and is an Illinois Licensed Professional Engineer.  He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Welding Society, ASM International, the Chicago Society for Space Studies, the National Space Society, the International Space Elevator Consortium, and Mensa.


Larry worked at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for 10 years from 1983 to 1993.  In his work at Fermilab he was responsible for the design of a 150 million dollar hadron calorimeter weighing 4,000 tons and many other accelerator and detector projects.


Larry Bartoszek owns Bartoszek Engineering, a consulting firm which specializes in mechanical designs for the nuclear and high energy physics research community world-wide.  Bartoszek Engineering has worked for many national laboratories, universities and governments on experiments all over the world.  He has built machines up to three stories tall and 120 tons, as well as table top devices.  His website is


Larry has served as a consultant to the Canadian government on a review of the SNO+ project, and has built neutrino horns for Fermilab and the Japanese experiment T2K.  The MiniBooNE horn he designed for Fermilab holds the world record for surviving over 400 million pulses at 170 Kiloamps of current.  He also helped build the 2.5 meter Sloan Digital Sky Survey Telescope.


Larry started working on the Space Elevator as a hobby in 2004 and has given presentations at several Space Elevator Conferences, including the one in Washington, DC, in 2004, and the Space Elevator Conference in Seattle, WA, in 2013.  Larry has created original designs for the climbers for the Space Elevator which have been published in “Design Considerations for Space Elevator Tether Climbers”, ISEC Position Paper # 2013-1. 

His work can be seen at .



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