This week Rocky Kolb gave a series of lectures on cosmology. Those who ever attended Rocky's lectures know very well that they are difficult to bear -- you're in the constant danger of laughing your head off. Still you may learn a lot while gasping for air between laughing fits.
Rocky gave a review of the Lambda-CDM model at a non-specialist level. The first lecture is an overview of modern cosmology. The second is about inflation. The third is about the observational evidences for dark matter. The last one is about dark energy and recent actions of Dark Energy Task Force.
The lectures are especially recommended for those unfamiliar with recent developments in cosmology. If you know it all, you might still learn
- why Big Bang is more than just a theory,
- what can be done with duct tape and WD-40,
- why neutrinos may threaten your university,
Video and slides from all the lectures are available here. Enjoy.