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Space: Its Light, Its Shape

Spring 2005


Instructors: Debra Boutin,, x4267, CJ 122
Seth Major,, x4919, Sci G052
Seminars: MWF 1:00-2:15 PM



The final project talks will be Wednesday evening! 6 PM in Benedict 201


Course Info:

course syllabus (pdf)
Day 1 Highlights (pdf)

Assignments (pdf):


Week 1
Chapter 4
Checkers on a Torus?
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7 Part I
Chapter 7 Part II
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Due Feb 21: Explain the connection, or lack thereof, between sidedness and orientability of surfaces within a non-orientable 3-manifold. Write 1-2 pages giving specifics and examples.
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Hawking Part I
Hawking Part II
Chapter 14
Dictionary Project Due March 30
Cosmology I: Curved Space
Cosmology III: Dance of Redshifts
Chapter 15
Cosmology IV: FRW Equations
Chapter 16
Cosmology V: The cosmic box
Cosmology VI: Many Models
Cosmology VII: Shape of Space I
Cosmology VIII: Shape of Space II


  • A baby picture of a young galaxy and a portrait of a mature spiral galaxy. Both are Hubble Space Telescope images.
  • A large collection of notes on the CMB and cosmology, with some useful pictures, may be found on the page by Tony Smith.
  • To parallel transport a vector on a sphere have a look at this demo by John Sullivan at the University of Illinois.
  • At the end of the course you will complete a project. We have collected a few ideas. Enjoy!
  • Here's a cool demo on the expanding flatland universe - shows there's no center.
  • To construct a bit of hyperbolic space - triangles! (Fig 10.2)
  • Here is the 'colourable' view of cubes (Fig. 7.9)


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