This course will explore the nature of science, the basic laws that govern the physical world, and how we discovered them, from Democritus and atoms to Einstein and quantum mechanics. The instructor will be smiling if the student takes away from the course what science is and isn’t, why it is important, a basic understanding of the fundamental laws of physics and how they have created the physical world around us, and the deep mysteries ahead.
This course fulfills the Physical Sciences requirement.
Michael Turner is the Professor Emeritus in Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and former Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. His research focuses on the application of modern ideas in elementary particle theory to cosmology and astrophysics.