As our brains have evolved, our horizons have widened: from wondering about our next meal to wondering about the beginnings and endings of the universe; from religions that explain the universe in supernatural terms to new spiritual awakenings rooted in scientific revelation; from a starry vault barely out of our reach to an infinite one expanding into infinity; from a cosmos with angels turning the cranks to one whose choreography is profoundly mysterious and fathomable only in terms of exotic mathematics. Between 1861 and 1862, Scottish physicist and mathematician James Clerk Maxwell opened the curtains obscuring the heavens, revealing all the light that humans could not see: radio waves, microwaves, X-rays, and gamma radiation. The invention of the telescope in the 20th and 21st centuries revealed the full magnificence and extent of the heavens.
914.601.01 Homewood campus
Tuesday, Sept. 24 to Nov. 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (no class Oct. 8)
Cost: $210 (six sessions)
Full-time JHU staff/faculty are eligible for 80% tuition remission; spouse for 50%. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for registration details.