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Anacortes Senior College

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.

  • Jan 16 - Feb 20th, 2020
    Thu for 6 weeks from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

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