The Story of Our Universe: An Introduction to Cosmology

The Story of Our Universe: An Introduction to Cosmology is a four-week live, online course covering 13.8 billion years of history! Join us as we venture deep into spacetime.

This course will give you an understanding of our universe’s history and an appreciation of its grandiosity.

In this class, you’ll learn:

- What the early universe was like.
- How stars, galaxies, and black holes formed.
- How dark matter shapes everything we see.
- How this story ends.

Your Instructor

Professor Alan Duffy is a professional astrophysicist, creating universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form and to probe the nature of dark matter.

Course Structure

The course consists of four 90-minute classes and takes place in our virtual classroom over Zoom.

It is a live and interactive course, which features:

- Assigned readings,
- Live lectures,
- Live Q&A sessions with the instructor,
- and Zoom breakout rooms with your intellectually curious classmates.

Can’t make the live classes? No dramas! All lessons are recorded and accessible forever.

To maintain an optimal learning environment, classes are kept small — so be quick in securing your spot!

Class Schedule

WEEK 1: The Universe
- The Road to the Big Bang and the Laws of Nature.

WEEK 2: The Act of Creation
- The Formation of Stars, Planets, and Supernovae.

WEEK 3: Galactic Census
- Galaxies, Black Holes, and Dark Matter.

WEEK 4: With a Bang or a Whimper?
- The Death of the Universe in a Dark Energy Future.

What's Included

- Live online lectures.
- Live Q&A sessions with the instructor.
- Zoom breakout rooms for collaboration with other classmates.
- Downloadable pre-readings.
- Weekly homework tasks.
- Downloadable PDF summaries of the lectures and course.
- Lifetime access to the lecture recordings.
- A certificate of completion.
- The opportunity to make new intellectually curious friends.



I’ve done two courses now, highly recommend. The teachers are knowledgeable, it’s the right amount of content before and during class.

Great to connect with likeminded people.


I’ve taken multiple Think Inc Academy courses and they have all been brilliant!

The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and the small class sizes allow for lively discussion with friendly classmates.

I highly recommend these courses to help get your head around the big questions that face us all!