From the Big Bang to Dark Energy

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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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. This course is offered in English.
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2 years, 8 months ago
Rather than being a university style course , this course i think is the best choice for anyone who wants to gain a "quick" yet decent overview over the topic . No higher mathematical skills than high school level are needed , despite mathematics being used to help explain topics like particle decay or dark matter profiles . I enjoyed this course very much . A great choice for the interested layman !
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This is a nice introduction to cosmological problems, but it's more of an advanced introduction, since it requires some knowledge of calculus, which is kind of expected for this field. The lectures deal with Higg's boson, dark matter and dark energy, and inflation, and the whole course can be done on a binge-watch Sunday if you have previous background in physics or mathematics. Too bad it's a self-paced course, I think I would have enjoyed it more if it were a live one. However, the instructor is nice, and the content is nicely organized as well, go for it.
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