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Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe Course No. 1272 DVD-ROM – 2007
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
24 Lectures 1Fundamental Building Blocks 2The Smooth, Expanding Universe 3Space, Time, and Gravity 4Cosmology in Einstein's Universe 5Galaxies and Clusters 6Gravitational Lensing 7Atoms and Particles 8The Standard Model of Particle Physics 9Relic Particles from the Big Bang 10Primordial Nucleosynthesis 11The Cosmic Microwave Background 12Dark Stars and Black Holes 13WIMPs and Supersymmetry 14The Accelerating Universe 15The Geometry of Space 16Smooth Tension and Acceleration 17Vacuum Energy 18Quintessence 19Was Einstein Right? 20Inflation 21Strings and Extra Dimensions 22Beyond the Observable Universe 23Future Experiments 24The Past and Future of the Dark Side
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I never heard of the dark side of the universe until this course. The professor concisely, clearly, and surprisingly with no math beyond basic arithmetic will provide you with a fairly good understanding of what is going on in our universe according to modern physics and cosmology. This will require some discussion of supersymmetry,string theory,MACHO's and WIMP'S, particle physics, gravity,space, time and relativity. However, all discussions are accessible, or will become so if you are like me who often has to put the DVD on pause, replay portions, preread the outline and even read the transcript as the professor speaks. Most of the material was news to me, and I needed to watch the lectures twice, and I am about 2/3 way thru the second time around. The professor's excitement and involvement in the topic is palpable. Unlike watching a typical USA tv show or movie, you have to pay attention, ruminate and otherwise get involved. But surprisingly even if you choose not to, you can learn some fascinating facts by osmosis.
Ordinary matter (you know bagel and lox sandwiches, bananas, gases, planets, ...) Is only 5% of the universe, The rest is dark stuff that you never see. Sounds scary to me.
Conservation of energy may not hold in our universe. Say what ?
The universe is expanding, however that is not why your waist is expanding. The professor explains in one of his humorous moments "its those donuts".
There is much much more.
I would like to personally thank the professor for enlightening and helping me understand something of this arcane subject.
However, it is a very detailed and interesting explanation of what exactly dark matter and dark energy are - what the evidence for them is and why we think they exist (although we can't see them yet.)
I have a phd in physics, so it was a little bit light on detailed mathematics for my taste, but very informative nonetheless.
The lecturer is very good at his job and I enjoyed the lectures over the christmas break. He gives a lot of great analogies and I think I understood the outlines of the big bang theory for the very first time, even though I have been reading about it for years!
There is a very detailed set of notes that came along with the lectures that was very helpful. If you want to know why astrophysics is a hot field in science right now, these are the lectures to hear!
Carroll is clear, concise and gives lots of information. By the time you finish this course, you WILL understand what's being studied with Dark Matter and Dark Energy, and have a decent understanding of several other issues in current astrophysics. It's very obvious that Dr. Carroll is brilliant, with a thorough understanding of his topic, and a love for it which is well conveyed to the viewer.
This is a course, like Steven Pollack's Particle Physics and Alex Filippenko's Understanding the Universe, that you can watch over and over, and learn something new each time. We hated to see it end, but plan to alternate rewatching between these courses repeatedly, and give the highest recommendation to all three."