IN PERSON: This lecture-based course will cover the general ideas behind the Big Bang and the expansion of the universe. The course will attempt to present the physics of the universe as accurately as possible, keeping jargon and mathematics to a minimum. Some historical background on the discovery that the universe “began” about 13.8 billion years ago will be presented. Then, the course will follow the evolution of the universe to the present time. The discoveries made in cosmology in the last half century or so are among the greatest intellectual achievements in all of history. Students will gain a reasonable grasp of these majestic ideas without the complicated mathematics necessary for a full understanding. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 50.
Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705
Professor Don Ellison obtained a Ph.D. in 1982 from The Catholic University of America. He has been on the physics faculty of NC State University since 1987, emeritus since 2013. Before that, he was a researcher at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland. He has taught and done research on the theory of cosmic rays, particle acceleration in high-energy astrophysics and the modeling of supernova remnants. For the last four years, he has taught at OLLI at Duke and NC State.