Cosmic Frontiers I

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Space is the final frontier, as the famous line goes, and current research in cosmology and astrophysics could have profound implications in the world of physics. In Part I of this 2-part course, Dr. Pankaj Joshi will offer an introduction to the most exciting areas of astrophysics today, including black holes, space-time singularities and compact objects. In Part II, he will focus on emerging data and theories, and what it all means to our understanding of the universe.

In Cosmic Frontiers, Dr. Pankaj Joshi, Senior Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, will provide an overview of the most recent developments in astrophysics and cosmology. Students will learn about the exciting possibilities offered by the Einstein theory of gravity, including causality, space-time singularities and time travel. Dr. Joshi will also discuss emerging investigations of the gravitational collapse of massive stars and what those data could mean for general relativity and a unified theory of physics.

This course provides an introduction to the cutting-edge research looking to solve the most complex problems in modern astrophysics and black hole physics. Recently, the mainstream media has shown considerable interest in these basic questions, and the student, by taking this course, will be much better equipped to understand and appreciate emerging developments in this exciting frontier.

Course Objectives

  • Review important developments in past decades in astrophysics and cosmology such as black holes, gravity waves and others from both a theoretical and observational basis
  • Discuss the basics and profound implications of the Einstein theory of gravity
  • Explain the unique nature of gravity, its status for unifying with other forces of nature of quantum origin and the need for a quantum gravity theory
  • Describe what black holes are, and to discuss recent exciting developments in the field of black hole physics
  • Examine recent developments in cosmology, such as cosmic microwave radiation, and astrophysics, such as gamma rays bursts

Meet the Instructor

Pankaj Joshi
Senior Professor
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

To come.

Dates & Times

August 18 - 22, 2014
Interactive Lectures:
Available 24/7
Live Q&A Sessions:
Mon - Fri, 11:00 - 11:30 AM, EST

Wed, August 13, 5:00 pm EST


General interest in science and the cosmos, math background at high school level suggested


0.5 CEUs through IEEE

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