F801 Winter 2019 History of the Universe, Part 2: Modern Cosmology
Mondays, 2:15–3:40, Jan. 28–Feb. 18
Instructor: Mark Dodge
This course will explore how the current Big Bang Theory of the universe developed from Edwin Hubble’s early observations of galaxies and their motion, which led to the idea of an expanding universe that began at a single point about 13.8 billion years ago. We’ll discuss the age and size of the universe and how we came to be able to measure them. We'll discuss the life cycle of stars (in particular, the quite spectacular ways in which they “die”), and we’ll talk about current issues in our understanding of the universe, including dark matter and dark energy.
Mark Dodge earned a BA in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught high school physics for 24 years at the H-B Woodlawn Program in Arlington. He has been fascinated by astronomy since gazing through his first telescope when he was in seventh grade. Dodge is also fascinated by the history of science, and how our understanding of the universe evolved from ancient times and continues to evolve today. This course is based on a set of his most popular presentations from his high school teaching days.