Now, for the first time, we are able to observe the formation of stars and planets, galaxies, the elements, and the universe itself. Just a few physical principles operate to produce it all. Learn what they are in simple terms (no math!), and how they have worked to produce our current cosmos. Encounter the observations that produce this solid empirical understanding of cosmic origins.
Gibor Basri taught in the astronomy department at UC Berkeley for 35 years. His favorite classes were the introductory courses for non-majors and small freshman seminars. He enjoys making science accessible to the general public, and has been given the Sagan award for this talent.