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I have uploaded the original PowerPoint slides for Weeks 1, 2, 3, & 4.  Find them on each "Week n" web page, at the bottom, under "Attachments".  You can view the slideshow, or download it.  Then you can use the appropriate slideshow software (Microsoft PowerPoint [not free], Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer [free download], OpenOffice Impress [free download]) to print the slides out, etc.

Unfortunately, we ran out of time before I could cover String Theory and SuperSymmetry.  Maybe in the next course...

I have been adding interesting links to the References page -- I hope you've been following some of them.

This course is five weeks in length. We will be talking about one topic in Physics and Cosmology, per week. 

Topics discussed will be:

  • The Forces of the Universe
  • The Origin of Mass (i.e. the Higgs Boson)
  • The Evolution of the Universe
  • The Accelerating Universe: Inflation, Dark Matter and Dark Energy
  • String Theory and Supersymmetry

(subject to change, as we progress).

I hope to convey a sense of wonder about the universe, and about what humankind has learned about the universe (so far!).

The image at the upper left of this web site is an artist’s visualization of a Higgs Boson collision (see http://www.isgtw.org/?pid=1000496).

Note: You may think that this course is eponymous, and you'd be partially correct.  Only the first Higgs in the title refers to me; the second is a reference to another Higgs -- The Higgs Boson.  The Higgs Boson is named after Peter Higgs, who, as far as I am aware, is not related to me.

NOTE: Students will not be expected to have any mathematical knowledge beyond elementary algebra (and very little even of that). However, I will show mathematical formulae when appropriate, even showing calculus and beyond -- sometimes, it is important to appreciate the form of equations and their implications, if not their content or detailed meaning.  I do not expect students to understand these formulae at any deep level.

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