Physics: What We Still Don't Know

The Institute of Art and Ideas


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From the discovery of the Higgs Boson to the map of the early universe, today's physicists have pushed the boundaries of our knowledge further than we thought possible. But from the elusive energy that drives the universe to the strangely low mass of the Higgs boson, new challenges await. In this course professor David Tong explores the edges of our understanding and the answers that we hope to have in the next few years.

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

how dark energy and dark matter stand up to scrutiny
why dark energy is so unsettling for physicists
the nature of the building blocks of matter
what the Higgs does and why it remains mysterious
the reasons why inflation is unavoidable
the full story behind the gravitational waves headlines of 2014.

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 Tong.

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Cosa impari in questo corso?

Dark energy
Higgs Boston
Cosmic Mystery
Into the Atom
Big bang


Course Syllabus
  • Part One: Cosmic MysteryFrom dark matter to the cosmological constant, what's missing from our model of the universe?
  • Part Two: Into the AtomWhat has the discovery of the Higgs boson revealed about the ultimate nature of the world?
  • Part Three: Back to the BeginningHow did it all begin? From the LHC to gravitational waves, Tong explores evidence from the big bang.

Suggested Further Readings

A selection of further readings have been suggested by Professor Tong as part of this course. 

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About the Instructor
  • David Tong

    Cambridge Professor of Theoretical Physics and winner of the Adams Prize, his research focuses on how the universe is held together on a fundamental level.