PHYS 10240: Elementary Cosmology
This class is designed to acquaint students with the most important discoveries in physics in the past few decades and how they have altered our perceptions of the origin and structure of the universe. The course examines such questions as: “Where did the universe come from?” “Why do scientists feel sure that it was born in a cosmic fireball called the Big Bang?” and “Where did the Big Bang itself come from?” This is a reading-intensive course based on popularizations of science written for the curious and intelligent lay person. The course emphasizes class discussion of the readings. To be prepared for this course students should have taken physics and trigonometry in high school.