Starter 3 http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/seuforum/bb_popup_historyMovie.htm The frames are as follows: Just before the Big Bang Instant of the Big Bang First 3 minutes 300 thousand years 100 million years A billion years 14 billion years
Activity 1 12 The who did what? Soup Georges Lemaître Edwin Hubble Alan Guth and Andrei Linde Fred Hoyle Arno Penzias & Robert Wilson Dave Wilkinson George Gamow Robert Dicke & PJE Pebbles
Activity 2 13 The Origins of the Universe: a chronology of ideas The Kung Bushmen of the Kalahari The Bakhtiari (Persia) The Lapps Ancient Chinese cultures Ancient Hebrews Ancient Greeks – e.g. the Pythagoreans Ptolemaic theories Alchemical theories of man and nature The Renaissance scientists – e.g. Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton New age theories – from Einstein to today
Activity 3 14 A Conference: finding out about The Large Hadron Collider What is the standard model of particle physics? (include some historical background) Why was the LHC constructed (for what purpose)? What risks does it pose? How do you think decisions were made to go ahead with its construction? How do you think the LHC will change the study of physics in the future? (offer a comparative account of knowledge about particle physics from its inception to today... and into the future)
Plenary 16 People often ask questions like... If there was a Big Bang, then what was there before the Big Bang? If time began at the Big Bang, was there no time before that and... what does that mean? Is the Big Bang an irrefutable fact? If the Big Bang really happened, what made it happen? Can events like the Big Bang just spontaneously happen? and... Why on earth am I here?
From a theoretical physicist... 17 “I wish science could easily provide an answer to these questions, but in my view, it cannot. But that doesn’t mean it is impossible to arrive at a well thought out worldview... go back and study some more and make up your own mind!” Ard Louis, theoretical physicist (2005)