Ian Crawford, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck presents a concise history of our world from the Big Bang to the evolution of Homo sapiens some 2 million years ago. He addresses the origins and evolution of stars and the chemical elements, the solar system, and evolution of life on Earth. The aim is to provide a scientific pre-history of humanity up until the time that 'real' human history takes over. Ian Crawford is Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck, University of London. He is a specialist in the science and exploration of the Moon and in the search for life in the Universe.
Learn about the failure of classical mechanics (everyday laws of physics) to explain particle behaviour and the emergence of the quantum revolution. Consider interpretations of these unusual phenomena and the use of quantum physics in current technology.