Adult Astronomy Course: Understanding Quantum

Courses available in July 2017

Make 2017 an astronomical year with a short 5-week course held at Sydney Observatory taught by Dr. Paul Payne. These courses are suitable for adults and senior students (years 11 and 12).

Quantum is the theory we had to have. During the 19th Century many advances were made in Physics but by the end of the century it was backing itself into a corner. It would take a radical change in thinking to explain many of the paradoxes that had arisen and Quantum was the uneasy solution. Its ability to explain the previously unexplainable was startling and menacing. Nature was to expose many aspects of itself in the early 20th Century that would sit uneasily with intuitive thinking. Though many thought Quantum a temporary explanation for what was observed, it has withstood a century of challengers.

Understanding Quantum will introduce you to why we had to have this new theory to explain the very small and its development through the twentieth century. During this course you will be taken from its infancy to some of its more radical predictions, with an emphasis on its application in astronomy. All the presentations are in interactive 3D to aid communicating concepts that are often very difficult to visualise and understand. No mathematics shall be used during the explanations. We invite you to make the leap into Quantum.

The 5-week courses available are:

  1. Tuesdays from 18 July – 15 August 2017, 6–8:30pm

Please be advised that from February 2017, Sydney Observatory’s paths and gardens will be undergoing some renovations to improve access to Sydney’s oldest observatory. During these works the Observatory will remain open day and night and Adult Astronomy courses will operate as normal. There may be a small impact on our other programs, events and tours but we aim to complete this project as quickly as possible and thank you for your understanding. Please contact us on or (02) 9217 0111 if you would like more information.