THE EARLY UNIVERSE
Interacademiaal College Sterrenkunde
Interuniversity Lecture Series Astronomy
- In a series of nine lectures -- starting February 5, location Uithof in Utrecht -- the ``Early Universe'' program intends to provide an interested audience of
advanced undergraduate (third year onward) and beginning
graduate students an overview and understanding of the the earliest epochs of
Along with a presentation of the latest exciting new developments and
often mind-boggling theories, the lectures will provide a solid physical and
astronomical background on a wide range of relevant topics. The intention is to
equip the students with the skills and knowledge to allow a proper and critical
assessment of the flow or, rather, avalanche of new results reaching us almost daily ...
The very first moments of the Big Bang, still the realm of
speculative contemplation. The early phases and processes prior to the
recombination epoch, hidden from vision yet unlocked by our physical
understanding and intuition. The postrecombination Universe, following the
splendour of the Microwave Background. Passing through a
Dark Age before reviving in a spectacular Renaissance. Signalled
by a burst of forming stars and galaxies accompanying the emergence of
cosmic structure we witness the genesis of the magnificent
astrophysical world surrounding us. And ... its
Dark Lords, Dark Matter and Dark Energy, whose power appears to rule over
history and fate ...
All this, and more, will form the stage cast of this lecture course.
All centering around THE question of eons past and present, `HOW and
WHEN did it all begin ???' ... and even, perhaps, ...
- ... `??? WHY ???' ...
image courtesy: NASA WMAP website
Lecture Information Bulletin
Exam Report Topics
Lectures: Listing & Notes
Exam Report Topics (werkstukken) available !!!
Lecture hall: Grote Zaal, Aardwetenschappen.
see Exam Report Topics
recommended to select topic as soon as possible !
Next lecture: May 14
``The Violent Universe: Quasars, AGNs and GRBs'', Peter Barthel
Workshop: June 4:
The originally intended workshop on June 4 will not take place.
Dependent on interest, it may be organized around November 2003.
Would also include presentations on student "werkstukken/reports".
Please notify Rien van de Weijgaert (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
in case you would be interested.