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Cosmology: the Evolution of the Universe
with Barrie Hughlock
Cosmology: The Evolution of the Universe presents the standard model of cosmology. The content includes the evolution of the universe from its fiery origin in the Big Bang and its initial ultra rapid inflation, through its continued slowing expansion, cooling and congealing from the relentless force of gravity acting on matter to form galaxies, quasars, stars, and black holes that make up our current observable universe. Additionally, the consequences of the more recent discoveries of dark matter and dark energy will be presented. The final lecture will cover speculations on topics such as the fate of the universe, the multiverse, the holographic universe and the computational universe. We have learned much about our universe, and it is awesome and still very mysterious. No prior science or math background is assumed. The only prerequisite is an open mind.
Instructor: Barrie Hughlock, PhD, received his PhD in physics at Brown University, with a thesis on neutrino-electron physics. He spent most of my career in aerospace. At Grumman, in the Nuclear Physics Group, collaborating with NASA on the calibration of the Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope, one of the four instruments contained in the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. At Boeing as an Associate Technical Fellow, he specialized in space and atmospheric radiation effects on satellite and airplane systems. He has taught physics courses at North Seattle Community College, at Bellevue College’s continuing education department, which were designed for the interests of retirees. Barrie takes great pleasure in teaching and advocating for science to address the spiritual, environmental and social needs of society.
Metals and Civilizations
with Paul Thorne
Metals have been worked by humans for over 5,000 years. Without metal tools, hardware, utensils, and weapons, civilization as we know it would be stalled in the Stone Age. The overall impact of metals on civilization, starting with copper, then bronze and finally iron, will be presented. Of all the metals, iron has had the most profound impact on our lives. Blacksmiths are the individuals who work iron into useful objects. This is the story of blacksmiths – their knowledge, metals, skills, tools, and place in history.
Instructor: Paul Thorne is a master blacksmith with over thirty five years’ experience in industrial, architectural, and artistic forge work. He currently teaches blacksmithing through group and private classes at his Anacortes studio. You can view his work at his Web site.
The Politics of Climate Change
with Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.
Mark Lijek and Dr. Michael Newbrough investigate one of the most interesting and relevant of current issues. Although immersed in a crisis atmosphere and a sense of urgency, there aren’t many venues offering a calm and open discussion of the “politics” involved, i.e., what should the government do in confronting climate change. This overview will be team-taught and will examine climate history, catastrophic scenarios, forces for change, the role of humans, and alternatives and solutions.
Instructors: Mark Lijek and Michael Newbrough. Mark Lijek is a retired Foreign Service officer. He served principally in Iran, Hong Kong, Nepal, Poland, and Germany as well as at the State Department in Washington. He holds BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from American University. He grew up in what is now Shoreline and has lived in Anacortes since retirement in 1996.
Michael Newbrough holds a BA in French and an MA in Political Science from the Univ. of Nevada, and a PhD in Political Science from the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, and was a Fulbright Scholar (graduate study in International Relations) at l’Université de Paris. He was a professor in the Dep’t of Economics, History, and Political Science at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA for 30 years. He has found refuge in Anacortes for the last 15 years.