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Tonight NASA astrophysicist and cosmologist John C. Mather delivers the School of the Art Institute’s Brinson lecture with a talk promising—no, seriously—the “history of the universe in a nutshell: from the Big Bang to life and the end of time.” Mather’s well positioned to address the question—in 2006 he and George F. Smoot won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE), which measured cosmic microwave background radiation as a way to test the veracity of the big bang theory.