The Boulder Cosmology Group meets at 6PM for DVD lectures on the Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month and reading discussions on Third Mondays at the Main Library. All meetings are free and open to the public. (Monday discussions are usually in the second-floor Flatirons Room and Wednesday lectures in the first-floor Boulder Creek Room). Dates and locations are subject to change. Changes from the normal pattern are noted below.

See http://www.sackett.net/cosmologyAll.htm for a list of all meetings of the Cosmology Group since it began in 2003.

2019   Second and Fourth Wednesdays: Selected DVD lectures from Professor Steven Gimbel's course on “Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science”. Followed by the full 24 lecture course by Professor Benjamin Schumacher “Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World”.

We will watch the 30 minute lectures using an “interruptus” format: at any point during the lecture anyone in the group can say stop and ask a question and the rest of the group will attempt to answer the question before proceeding. We will attempt to cover two lectures in each meeting. If we don't have time the next DVD lecture meeting will start with the second lecture (and this schedule will be adjusted).


Expected Schedule with Monday book discussions flagged in bold:

January 9, 2019
DVD Lectures - Professor Steven Gimbel's course on “Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science”, Lecture 7: The Reality of Atoms, and 8: Quantum Mechanics.

January 14, 2019 Book Discussion: Deep Down Things, by Bruce Schumm. Chapters 6 and 7. Study guide from Jeff. Notes from Paul and Chela on Lie Groups in Physics for Chapters 6 through 8.
Note: This ^^^^ discussion is in the BOULDER CREEK ROOM and a week earlier than usual because of Martin Luther King Day.

January 23, 2019
DVD Lectures - Professor Steven Gimbel's course on “Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science”, Lecture 9: Quantum Field Theory, and 10: Chaos Theory.

February 11, 2019 Book Discussion: Deep Down Things, by Bruce Schumm. Chapter 8 (Gauge Theory). Study guide from Jeff. Notes from Paul and Chela on Lie Groups in Physics for Chapters 6 through 8.
Note: This ^^^^ discussion is a week earlier than usual because of Presidents Day.

February 13, 2019
DVD Lectures - Professor Steven Gimbel's course on “Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science”, Lecture 11: Dark Matter and Dark Energy, and 12: Grand Unified Theories.

February 27, 2019
DVD Lectures - Professor Steven Gimbel's course on “Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science”, Lecture 13: Quantum Consciousness, and 20: Brain and Self.

March 13, 2019
DVD Lectures - Meeting Canceled - Snowed Out!

March 18, 2019 Book Discussion: Deep Down Things, by Bruce Schumm. Chapters 9 and 10. Study guide from Jeff.

March 27, 2019
DVD Lectures - Professor Benjamin Schumacher's course on “Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World”, Lecture 1: The Quantum Enigma, and 2: The View from 1900.

April 10, 2019
DVD Lectures - Professor Benjamin Schumacher's course on “Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World”, Lecture 3: Two Revolutionaries - Planck and Einstein, and 4: Particles of Light, Waves of Matter.

April 15, 2019 Book Discussion: Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics is Different, by Philip Ball. First half.

April 24, 2019
DVD Lectures - Professor Benjamin Schumacher's course on “Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World”, Lecture 5: Standing Waves and Stable Atoms, and 6: Uncertainty.

May 8, 2019
DVD Lectures - Professor Benjamin Schumacher's course on “Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World”, Lecture 7: Complementarity and the Great Debate, and 8: Paradoxes of Interference.

May 20, 2019 Book Discussion: Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics is Different, by Philip Ball. Second half.

May 22, 2019
DVD Lectures - Professor Benjamin Schumacher's course on “Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World”, Lecture 9: States, Amplitudes, and Probabilities, and 10: Particles That Spin.

June 12, 2019
DVD Lectures - Professor Benjamin Schumacher's course on “Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World”, Lecture 11: Quantum Twins, and 12: The Gregarious Particles.

For more information, e-mail group leader Jeff Grove: jeff1.grove@gmail.com.

This is http://www.sackett.net/cosmology.htm, last updated March 18, 2019.