Our Mysterious Fine-tuned Universe

OSH 955 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description: Some interpret the many striking coincidences necessary for the existence of life in our universe as evidence for a higher power.  Or, as Stephen Hawking proposed, are we just one of a number of parallel universes?  This thought-provoking course gives us a greater scientific and spiritual understanding of our cosmos. 


Week 1:   Overview.  Greek Gods and the One God of Abraham.  The path from Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton to Einstein and the Big Bang.

Week 2:   Goldilocks Earth.  The remarkable features of our home planet.  Why it is  just right for life.

Week 3:  Quantum Coincidences.  The strong and weak nuclear forces, electromagnetism, and gravity.  How they stand on the knife-edge of coincidence.

Week 4:   On the scale of Universe.  The fine-tuned expansion of space, the remarkable mass-energy of the universe, and its ultra-high uniformity.

Week 5: Multiple universes.  Inflation theory, quantum mechanics, and string theory all predict parallel universes.  Are they really possible?

Week 6:   Counter Arguments and Open Discussion. Issiah and the hidden God.  Will new physics such as string theory give us the answer?


Instructor: Mr. Ira Egdall


This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
OLLI 2019-2020 Membership Added to cart upon enrollment.
Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020