Course Dates: 30/09/21 - 02/12/21
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Online
Do you want to know about the origin and future of the universe? Will the universe expand forever? Discuss the latest evidence. Examine the current theories. Repeat the most important cosmological observation ever made!
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HS004

Started Thu, eve, 30 Sep - 02 Dec '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The scientific study of the origin and development of the universe. You will get a non-technical grounding in the current Big Bang theory and its relation to Cosmology, together with background material.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- revolution: Copernicus-Tycho-Kepler-Romer-Newton-Einstein
- scale of the universe
- expanding the universe - Edwin Hubble
- primeval Atom - Abbe Lemaitre
- Steady State - Bondi, Gold and Hoyle
- from Creation to The Fireball - the modern Big Bang
- cosmic Microwave Background and other evidence.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- describe the basics of the Big Bang Theory
- mention some of the evidence that supports the Theory
- give a brief outline history of cosmology
- describe how the universe expands
- explain a bit about the rival Steady State Theory
- give some idea of the possible futures implied by the Big Bang.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Introductory level. Some knowledge of astronomy, physics or maths would be helpful, but it is by no means essential. However an enthusiasm for learning as well as an open and critical mind will enhance your enjoyment and benefit from this course. .

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Lectures, illustrated by slides and class exercises. Students questions are welcome and class discussion is an integral part of the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no other costs. Most public libraries have books on the subject (or related subjects).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HS145 Guest lecture with Raman Prinja: The stellar story, from dusty birth to explosive death
HS224 Stargazing at home: from your window to the universe (March)
HS226 Stargazing at home: from your window to the universe (December)

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Roger O'Brien

Roger has been an amateur astronomer for more than six decades. Professional involvement in astronomy waited until 1995, when he tried teaching. A serendipitous encounter at AstroFest led to enrolment at the University of Hertfordshire, which, in turn, led to graduation with a BSc in Astronomy (with computing) in 1995. Staff at UoH sponsored him as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) in 1995. Tutoring appointments have included Workers’ Educational Association, Open University, City Lit and the Royal Observatory Greenwich so he teaches a very wide range from very basic (Astronomy a Gentle Introduction at City Lit) to second level undergraduate work for the OU. Roger finds the variety stimulating and still enjoys doing some actual observing. For instance, he is a volunteer Demonstrator at the Hampstead Observatory. On the more theoretical side, he is keen to talk about Cosmology (at the City Lit and for the OU).

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.