And the light shineth in darknesse

DETAILS


Availability

Available


Dates

7th Oct - 28th Oct, 2019
(Mondays)


Times

10am-12.30pm

Location

The Guildford Institute
Ward Street, Guildford
GU1 4LH


Cost

£55.00£66.00


Tutor

Roger Price MA, MSc

Reference

GI 19 598

Godfrey Kneller. 1689. Portrait of Isaac Newton (1642-1727). Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.

“Despite no knowledge or education in physics, I found it totally fascinating. Roger Price is an inspired teacher and communicator.”

Course Participant

Nearly everything we know comes from observing the world around us; without light we would see nothing and observe little. Moreover, three discoveries in optics, the telescope/microscope, the interferometer, and the spectroscope, have profoundly changed our understanding of the physical world, from atoms to the whole universe. Yet, where light came from was poorly understood until the stunning experiments of a little known eleventh century Arab philosopher. Since then, Newton and Huygens held competing theories of the nature of light (in fact both were right). A chance discovery by a meteorologist in 1895 played a critical role in the development of most modern technology. We will conclude this history of light with the ‘discovery’ of dark matter.


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