It's been a crazy busy month at work and at home. Lots of classes and exam papers to mark. Astronomy-wise, I've had quite a few public outreach events around Northumberland to contend with as well as a number of late night observing sessions centred around Comet Lovejoy. On top of that it looked like Mir and me might have to move house imminently but now, fortunately, that danger seems to have past!
Since January I've been studying a course on Coursera called "Galaxies and Cosmology". It's been a bumpy ride and there have been times where I've submitted the weekly assessments just moments before the deadline (typical student!) I'd like to have taken the course when I was a bit less busy with work. But, it is just for fun and I've been pleasantly surprised at how deeply immersed I've become in cosmology again. Given how much I learned a about maths when I had to start teaching it, I'm going to put together a short course on Cosmology for presentation at NASTRO later in the year. It'll go into the subject in a bit more detail than I've done in the past and allow me to spend more time talking about the methodologies of cosmologists and the evidence for the Big Bang theory.
It's going to be awhile until this busy period at work passes so there might be more posts about maths (teaching) than astronomy over the next few weeks.
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Dr Adrian Jannetta. Amateur astronomer, maths teacher and science enthusiast.