Thermal backgrounds in space. Cosmological principle and its consequences: Newtonian cosmology and types of "universes"; survey of relativistic cosmology; horizons. Overview of evolution in cosmology; radiation and element synthesis; physical models of the "early stages." Formation of large-scale structure to variability of physical laws. First and last states. Some knowledge of relativity expected. 8.962 recommended though not required.
This class has no prerequisites.
8.942 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by M. Tegmark.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.
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