From the Big Bang to Dark Energy

A new entry, a different style (a comment to myself, again). Some time ago I’d be including a YouTube video, a more detailed explanation, etc. Not now (I’ll try not to be repetitive with such comments, 🙂

From the Big Bang to Dark Energy is the name I’m following through Coursera, one of the best MOOC platforms nowadays. Quite interesting, a bit short (4 weeks of duration), currently in week number 3. This has awakened the darkphysicist from his sleep. Thanks to physicists like Hitoshi Murayama (and his TA Brian) for being there and dedicate their time to teaching Physics for free.

Synopsis of this really interesting course (extracted from Coursera):

About the Course

We have learned a lot recently about how the Universe evolved in 13.7 billion years since the Big Bang.  More than 80% of matter in the Universe is mysterious Dark Matter, which made stars and galaxies to form.  The newly discovered Higgs-boson became frozen into the Universe a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang and brought order to the Universe.  Yet we still do not know how ordinary matter (atoms) survived against total annihilation by Anti-Matter.  The expansion of the Universe started acceleration about 7 billion years ago and the Universe is being ripped apart.  The culprit is Dark Energy, a mysterious energy multiplying in vacuum.  I will present evidence behind these startling discoveries and discuss what we may learn in the near future.

Course Syllabus

Week 1: From Daily Life to the Big Bang
Week 2: Birth of Elements and Higgs Boson
Week 3: Dark Matter and Anti-Matter
Week 4: Inflation and Dark Energy

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