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.
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 will be 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?
HS211 Guest lecture: Lost planets of the solar system: the evidence from meteorites.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details