Further cosmology

Course Dates: 19/01/23 - 23/02/23
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
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Do you know a bit about cosmology and want to know more? There are intriguing results from the Planck Mission. Many people and some theorists want to know what happened before the big bang. Do we need multi-verses, parallel universes, branes, superstrings? What news from CERN? A chance to delve more deeply into this fascinating subject.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00

Course Code: HS121

Thu, eve, 19 Jan - 23 Feb '23

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Cosmology – beyond the popular versions of the Big Bang theory.

What will we cover?

- Big Bang variants, especially the accelerating model
- ALICE, LIGO, Planck etc.: any recent developments may be featured.
- Inflation – necessary factor or annoying fudge?
- Many worlds, multiverse etc.
- Speculation
NB: The programme is flexible and may be adaptable to students’ requests.

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

- Assess theoretical developments critically
- Explain at least one of inflation, multiverse, branes to a layperson
- Indulge in some gentle cosmological speculation.

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

Some prior knowledge of science in general and cosmology in particular is necessary. Ideal for students who have already completed “Cosmology” at City Lit.

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

Illustrated presentations leading to class discussions and exercises.

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

No other costs. Bring a pen and notebook.

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

You may wish to consider joining Astrophysics: an introduction [HS293] in June.

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.