Norman Gray: Teaching
Astronomy Honours: General Relativity I
- This is one of the Year B courses of A3/4/5/H/M
(ie, it's taught in alternate years).
There's also a public version of the notes (without worked problems,
and missing some typo-fixes) at
This course resulted in a book,
A Student's Guide to General Relativity
(CUP 2019, 9781316634790).
- (old) Astronomy 2: Special Relativity
- The first ten lectures of the Relativity and Gravitation course in
Astronomy 2 are special
relativity, and the next five are general relativity. I taught the SR part of
this course in various years between 2000 and 2014.
- (old) Numerical Astronomy: Inverse Problems
- (biennial presentation) I taught this in session 1998-99, and then
it passed to Richard Barrett in 2000-01. Then (2002-03) it was
taught by Graham Woan.
And then it changed its name.
However, the notes I assembled are still available.
I organise the Software Carpentry (SWC) course for the
SUPA graduate school
Centre for Open Studies teaching
Teaching in the
Centre for Open Studies (was DACE).
- Fundamental Physics and the Nature of
- A ten-lecture course periodically offered by DACE
(most recently in session 1999-2000); sometimes offered via the
internet (most recently in session 2000-1).
- Astronomy in the Third Millenium: Special and
- This is a two-lecture component of the course
Astronomy in the Third Millennium, 2002.
searches for a fundamental theory
- My overheads and notes as part of the DACE day-school on
Einstein's Legacy, held in 2005.
- Modern Cosmology
[3.5MB download -- oops!]
- Slides for a talk on `modern cosmology', as part of a DACE
day-school on Cosmologies, 2006 November 25. I did the
modern cosmology bit; others did Hindu/Buddhist, Mayan and Greek
- Slides for the 2009 DACE day-school on Galileo, as part of the International Year
of Astronomy, and the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of the telescope
(and the publication of Kepler's three laws).
- The Fundamental Universe
- I contributed two one-evening talks to a one-semester COS course on
‘The Fundamental Universe’, which was intended to be a series of talks
on the fundamental ideas of physics, concentrating on the core ideas
rather than any of the details, practical or not. These two talks were a
(admittedly slightly quixotic) overview of Classical Mechanics, from the
variational point of view, and an overview of Quantum Mechanics.
- Big Data
- A one-evening talk on ‘big data’ in science, in January 2014.
There are some ‘wow!’ numbers here, but I think a more interesting
take on this is that it prompts questions such as ‘How does science
work?’, ‘Is “Big Science” actually different?’, ‘Why is
science funded?’, and ‘What does “big data” tell us?’
- Access Maths
- I taught the first half of the Maths course
in the Access Programme
(with Alec MacKinnon) in Autumn 2007 and Autumn 2013.
All the material on these pages is Copyright (various dates) Norman Gray.
You're very welcome to read and study it; if you want to repurpose it or, say,
redeliver it, that sounds great – I'm unlikely to object, but you should get
in touch with me first.