Leader: David Clark
Description: The short story of our universe from violent birth to peaceful (?) death. If you want to know how everything came from nothing in the Big Bang, are curious about the "real" nature of space and time, want to learn about terrifying "hidden" forces, black holes, exploding stars, nuclear power, exotic quarks, neutrinos, the Higgs Boson, "antimatter" - AND how humans were created literally out of stardust - this may be a course for you! We will gently introduce at a non-rigorous level some basic cosmology and a FEW ideas from Newton's "classical" physics, Einstein's shocking relativity theories, and just a touch of "weirdness" from quantum mechanics.
Curiosity is a strong prerequisite but science background is not!
Biography: David Clark holds an M.S. in Chemistry (Bucknell University 1969) and a B.A. in chemistry with minors in physics and mathematics (Lycoming College 1963). He retired in 2005 from Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn State) after 38 years teaching chemistry and other science courses.
Materials for course: Death from Above by Dr. Philip Plait (2009 paperback, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-14-311604-2). Supplemental handouts will be provided.
Number of participants:
Location: Public Library for Union County - Small Meeting Room
Meeting time: Thursdays, February 27 through April 3, 1 - 3 p.m.
(Note: Each class is two hours long.)
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