You are invited to join returning OLLI instructor Ed Friedman for scholarly consideration of the recent revolution in cosmology and astrophysics covering:
• The early universe
• Geometry of the cosmos
• Dark energy and dark matter
• The cosmic microwave background
• New observational methods, including gravitational waves
• Updates on the latest discoveries as they occur
• Unanswered questions in cosmology and how they are being attacked.
This course is not a typical astronomy class, as the instructor won't have much to say about our solar system. Instead, he will be discussing the big picture using material culled from recent professional journals and his extensive astrophysics career.
A reading list and recommended YouTube videos will be provided for those wishing to extend their learning on the topic.
During his 48-year professional career, Ed Friedman B.S., Ph.D. in physics) designed space systems for monitoring Earth's climate and weather, ocean science, planet detection, astronomy, and astrophysics. Ed was Chief Technologist at Ball Aerospace, Technical Fellow at Boeing, Adjunct Faculty in the department of engineering at the University of Colorado, and Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He has taught college math, astronomy, and orbital dynamics. He consults for NASA missions. His Ph.D. student successfully defended a thesis on space telescopes at the University of Colorado. Ed's volunteer work includes teaching elite high school students astrophysics and advanced math, and he is the author of four books on optical systems.
- A current OLLI membership is required to register for all courses and lectures.
- If you do not have a current Spring 2022 membership, one will be added to your cart at check-out.
- OLLI membership fees and course tuition are critical to the Institute’s sustainability and are non-refundable.