This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
An illustrated journey through our continually expanding understanding of the universe, from the awe engendered by any clear night sky, to the discovery of heavenly bodies in the strangest of locations and conditions. From the explanations to try to understand it all (including a few, notable dead ends), to the climactic realization that the whole blessed universe is literally expanding before our eyes (and/or our telescopes). In fact, the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate! It’s as if the interest rate on your debts is increasing on a continual basis. It can be a bit unnerving, but also rather mind-expanding (pardon the pun). It can also be enormously entertaining.
In our journey, we will also be considering various fun topics from: Zero Point Energy to sonoluminescence to the Big Bang (alternatively called the first "Om"), to strange worlds and even stranger life elsewhere, and of course to some clever attempts to piece it all together (or just try to ignore it all).
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Dan Ward, Ph.D., is a former associate professor at CSU, holds a Ph.D. in Physics, previously earned a Colorado Teaching Certificate and, separately, was a Certified Financial Planner. He has lectured on numerous topics throughout the world, including geopolitics and history at OSHER.