Unravelling the Universe

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre


Unravelling the Universe

Day Wednesday
Time 19:30 - 21:30
Tutor William Joyce
Cost £84.00
Room Main Hall
Availability 15/18 Places
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Course Description

Unravelling the Universe

This course provides an overview of modern astronomy focussing on modern ideas, observations and results. Discussions will cover some basic science to show how astronomers know (or think they know) things about objects ranging from stars to galaxies to the whole universe, along with exploring some relativity, the Big Bang and the prospects for finding life elsewhere in the Universe. No previous science or maths knowledge is required. A little familiarity with some basic astronomy could be helpful. No equipment is required except a notebook and pen. 
Half term 14th - 18th February

Your Tutor

William Joyce BSc, BSc, C.Phys., M.Inst.P., has taught introductory, intermediate and advanced astronomy and planetary science courses for many years. He is involved with public outreach, gives geology, meteorites, and rocketry workshops, telescope observing sessions, and has delivered planetarium shows for schools and space-related events.


William has research experience involving remote sensing satellites, and an industrial career in laboratories, spacecraft software engineering, and aerospace systems engineering. William returned to academia at Birkbeck, University of London, where he worked in geophysics and planetary science subjects, lecturing, teaching assistant roles, and involvement in new course materials development and delivery.


William gives talks to interested groups at all levels from schools to universities, locally, around the UK, and abroad. He produces a range of astronomy and planetary science courses designed to bring these subjects to the general public in an engaging, up-to-date, and easily understood way.