ICL: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING: TRYING TO EXPLAIN ALL REALITY

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Name: ICL: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING: TRYING TO EXPLAIN ALL REALITY
Date: February 21, 2018
Time: 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Event Description:
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING: TRYING TO EXPLAIN ALL REALITY  (Class Limit 24) By Mike Gora
Wednesdays, 2/7 – 2/28, 4 Sessions, 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm
 
The ultimate goal of physics is an understanding of the fundamental rules of the universe. Over the centuries, scientists have combined their thinking and observations and distilled them into 2 distinct theories: Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which is our best description of how gravity works, and the standard model of particle physics, which covers everything else. The course will cover those in non-mathematical terms. It dives into what we know, what we don’t know, and how we hope to move forward to a unified understanding of everything.
 
We’ll cover the standard model of particle physics, which is our modern understanding of the subatomic realm and combines both quantum mechanics and special relativity to create quantum field theories. It explains the nature and behavior of matter as being caused by 2 fundamental building blocks (quarks and leptons), and governed by 3 forces (electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces).
 
From there the course will go into the realm of gravity, where there are both dark matter and dark energy, neither of which can be accommodated by existing models. My cosmology course last winter focused on the history of the universe. This one goes more deeply into the nature of the universe.
 
Michael Gora was a physicist and then a computer scientist but always retained his interest in the nature of the universe, keeping up with developments in metaphysics and cosmology. He has taught many university and corporate courses on topics in software engineering, and has published numerous books and many articles on technology and on local history, one of his other passions in retirement. He considers cosmology the most interesting of all these different subjects, and the least available to the public at large.
Location:
ICL Classroom at Young Harris College.
 
Date/Time Information:
Wednesdays, 2/7 – 2/28, 4 Sessions, 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Contact Information:
For more information please visit www.iclyhc.org for registration and detailed course information or call 706.379.5194 and leave a message or send an email to icl@yhc.edu.
Fees/Admission:
Course fee $18. (Requires ICL membership - $25 annually).
    
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