A new session of Gravity! starts this Monday 9 May

Classes for the new session of the on-line Gravity! course start this coming Monday 9 May for six weeks. You may register here on the FutureLearn platform. The course is free and registration is open to everyone.

The first session of this course had attracted 70 000 registered learners last Fall. This new session follows the same programme: it revisits the emergence of the main concepts from Galileo to Newton and Einstein before discussing some of the main aspects of gravity in the Universe -Big Bang, expansion and cosmic inflation, cosmic microwave background, dark matter and dark energy. We had to reshuffle the last two weeks of the course which deal with black holes and gravitational waves, to give the proper place to the exciting discovery of gravitational waves which was announced last February. This will certainly be the climax of this course!

Gravity! is for all those of you curious about the mysteries of the Universe and invites you to understand, without any prerequisite in physics, the foundations of Einstein’s theory that makes gravity “the engine of the Universe”.

The Gravity! course is produced by the Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics of Paris Diderot University, with, for this session, a guest participation of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology in Stanford.

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