Rocky Kolb

A Universe of Particles: Cosmological Reflections is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Rocky Kolb, the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. After an inspiring story of how Rocky Kolb became interested in science, this wide-ranging conversation covers topics such as the development of and his work on inflationary cosmology, the Standard Model of particle physics, dark matter, dark energy, Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND), the Large Hadron Collider, advice for high-school teachers to ignite a passion for learning in students, and more.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Passion Principle, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Cool Beginnings – From the local library to Caltech
  2. Cosmic Inflation – Alan Guth causes a stir
  3. Dark Matter – Finally recognized ignorance
  4. Dark Energy – Particularly hard to swallow
  5. Motivational Insights – The importance of passion

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Also available as part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow Collection, Conversations About Astrophysics & Cosmology, which is available in hardcover, paperback and electronic format.