The Dean on the Cosmos

Dean Larson gave the class a crash course in astronomical and cosmological thought last week.  Two hours on the whole lot.  Two startling moments:


1.  His conclusion to the question, How big is the universe?:  “Darned big”.

2.  In front of a huge Hubble telescope shot of a distant galaxy, and having explained it likely contained 100 billion stars, the Dean wanders up an aisle, stops mid sentence, and says “I think that is just awesome”.
Memo to self.  Inject more wonder into the course.  And make Darned Big an option in a multiple choice test.

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