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A Brief Guide to Everything (IAI Academy)

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The microscopic quantum world of fermions and bosons is a far cry from the grand expansion of the universe, yet they are connected. CERN’s John Ellis offers an account of what physicists do and don’t know.

The standard model of particle physics is lauded as the most successful scientific theory ever. But from dark energy to antimatter, cosmological inflation to the stability of empty space, contemporary physics is riddled with holes. In this course, Professor John Ellis gives a grand tour of theoretical physics, and offers his account of where we might be heading.

By the end of the course, you will have learned:

the mechanism of the Higgs boson and how it was found

the evidence and theory behind cosmological expansion

what the Cosmic Microwave Background tells us about our universe

the seven reasons why the standard model is incomplete

how far supersymmetry may help to complete the picture

why the BICEP2 gravitational waves claim may have been ruled out too soon.

As part of the course there are in-video quiz questions to consolidate your learning, suggested further readings to stimulate a deeper exploration of the topic, discussion boards to have your say and an end-of-course assessment set by Professor Ellis.

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