Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-113
David Hanneke (Section 01)
We live in a moment of great advances in astronomy and fundamental physics that are changing our understanding of the physical world, from the microscopic realm of elementary particles to the large-scale structure of the universe. This course will explore the ideas of quantum theory and relativity that underpin our models of the universe. It will emphasize our present understanding of these models, the experimental and observational basis for them, and the many open questions under active investigation. Quantitative reasoning in the course will focus on probability, proportional reasoning, and reasonableness of answers rather than lengthy calculations. Fall semester: Professor Hanneke.