2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

PHYS 10443 Freshman Seminar in Physics: The Cosmic Journey: Big Bang to Humans and Beyond

The history of the Universe from the Big Bang 20 billion years ago to the birth of stars, the synthesis of the building blocks for life, the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the emergence of humans and society. The change over the last 300 years in humans' understanding of the cosmos and their role in it: from the static clockwork universe of Newton at the dawn of the age of reason to the expanding universe of Hubble and Einstein in the 20th century and the multidimensional universe of present-day string theory. Future human exploration of the cosmos and the future of the Universe itself.