What is the course about?
Cosmology – beyond the popular versions of Big Bang theory.
What will we cover?
Big Bang variants, especially the accelerating model
ALICE, LIGO, Planck etc.
Inflation –necessary factor or annoying fudge?
Many worlds, multiverse etc.
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 layman
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 Build.
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?
HS021 Professor Ian Crawford on cosmic perspectives for world history
HS094 The history of science.
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