Lecture Notes

Revolutions in Science     (DSCY 10020 UCD)


This module considers historical aspects of modern science with an emphasis on our changing view of the universe, from the astronomy of the ancient Greeks to Galileo’s battle with the Church, from Newton’s universal law of gravity to Einstein’s relativity and the ‘big bang’ model of the cosmos. The theory of evolution, the treatment of women in research and the role of perspective in the writing of history will also feature in the module.


Link to module descriptor

Lecture timetable

Cosmology slides (pdf)

Cosmology slides (ppt)

First assignment

Second assignment

Supplementary material

Book: Introduction to the Universe (©CO’R)

Chap 1 classical cosmology; Chap 2 the runaway galaxies; Chap 3 relativity and the expanding universe; Chap 4 the big bang; chaps 5-8


Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air

Renewable Energy Module (YR 2, BSc Phys WIT)




Engineering Science for Civil Engineers (YR 1, WIT)

Basic Science





Engineering Science for Electronic Engineers(YR 1, WIT)





2017 exam


Science, Universe and Society (YR 1)


Chapter headings

Lecture notes

Supplementary materials

Kepler, Galileo and the birth of modern astronomy (Gingerich)


Models of the universe

The big bang – is it true? (ppt)

In the beginning (Chown)

Course assignments


Science, Universe and Society (Yr 2)

Module descriptor

Lecture notes (Part I, II)


Supplementary materials

Part I: The atom

Wehr, Richards and Adams, Physics of the Atom (Chap 1)

John Gribbin, Science: A History (Chap 10)

Brownian motion – wiki

Einstein and Brownian motion (I) Spin Science magazine (Issue 13, 2005)

Einstein and Brownian motion (II)  Spin Science magazine (Issue 13, 2005)

Einstein’s 1905 Brownian motion paper

Repeating Perrin’s experiment

Repeating Perrin’s experiment (advanced)

Perrin’s Nobel Speech

Perrin’s discovery- history and philosophy of science

Atoms (Jean Perrrin) chapter 4

The quantum century (essay)

Part II : Particles and the nucleus

JJ Thomson, the electron and the atom (wiki)

JJ Thomson and the e/m experiment

Millikan oil drop experiment

Rutherford, radioactivity and the atomic nucleus

Wehr-Richards Chap 4

The Rutherford atom (1911) 

The Bohr atom (1913) 

Ernest Rutherford – wiki

The Bohr Atom (Physics World p 34)

Discovery of the neutron (summary)

Cockroft-Walton-paper (RS)

The Cockroft-Walton experiment (Nature)

The Hahn-Strassman paper (1939)

The Meitner-Frisch paper (1939)

A brief history of fission and fusion

Nuclear fusion – wiki

Fission and fusion (ppt presentation)

Fusion power (powerpoint presentation)

Part III Climate science

Chap 1 climate vs weather chap 2 climate change chap 3 Paleoclimate

chap 4 climate models chap 5 the carbon cycle Chap 6 Forcing and feedback

Chap 7 The smoking gun Chapter 8

Supplementary materials

See Climate Science links on front page of website

Modern climate change (pdf) COR presentation

Course assignments


Atomic, quantum and solid state physics (YR 3)


Lecture notes

Course assignments

atomic quantum and ss autumn 2017


Special relativity and nuclear physics (YR 3)

SR Syllabus

SR Chapter Zero: Simple Overview

SR Chapters 1-5 

Course assignments


Nuclear and particle physics (YR 4)


Cern timeline: the positron

80 years of the positron

Anderson’s experiment

Muons and pions – Cecil Powell

Discovery of the pion

Strange particles

Classification of particles (Wehr, Richards and Adair)

Chap 3 (Martin) Accelerators

Chap 4 Detectors

Chap 5 Hadrons and the quark model

Chap 6 QCD, jets and gluons

Chap 7 Weak interactions

Chap 8 Charm. bottom and top

Chap 9 Electroweak unification

Chap 10 Beyond the standard model

Special relativity summary (Giancoli)

Particle problems

Sample exam questions

Ancillary reading

Presentation on Higgs (CO’R)

Neutral currents and the Z boson (hyperphysics)

The discovery of neutral currents (pdf)

Classic papers

W boson mass (Physics World 2003)

The discovery of the W and Z bosons (Rubbia) (Physics World 2003)

The discovery of the beauty baryon

Higgs paper (ATLAS) ArXiv preprint

Higgs paper (CMS) ArXiv preprint

The god particle at last  COR presentation (ppt)


Teaching links(physics)

Final lecture; the story of atoms








Lecture notes (1st science: semester 1)




Last year’s exam:Introductory Physics (Autumn)

Lecture notes (1st science: semester 2)

lectures 1 and 2 : Heat and temperature

Lecture 3: Change of state

Lecture 4: Heat transfer

Lecture 5: Heat transmission

Lecture 6: Gas laws

Lecture 7: Electrostatics

Lecture 8: Electric potential

Lecture 9: Electric Current

Lecture 10: Magnetism

Lecture 11: Reflection

Lecture 12: Refraction

Lecture 13: Total Internal Reflection

Lecture 14: Lenses


Technical publications

Recent publications

9 responses to “Lecture Notes

  1. Pingback: The Big Bang and the Mind of God « Antimatter

  2. Pingback: LHC: unplugged « Antimatter

  3. Hello ! It’s been a crazy week but we got back to classes today and all went well with our return
    http://www.veazeys.com/archives/000023.html , yupiii.

  4. LnddMiles

    The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you

  5. Irteza


  6. Pingback: 2010 Antimatter review « Antimatter

  7. I have to show my appreciation to this writer for bailing me out of this issue. Right after surfing through the the net and coming across thoughts which were not productive, I believed my entire life was well over. Existing minus the strategies to website for more info the difficulties you’ve solved by way of the posting is a critical case, as well as ones that could have in a wrong way affected my entire career if I hadn’t encountered your website. Your good competence and kindness in maneuvering every part was important. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t encountered such a point like this. I’m able to at this point look forward to my future. Thanks a lot very much for the professional and results-oriented guide. I will not be reluctant to suggest your web site to any individual who would need direction about this subject matter. website for more info

  8. Andrew

    Hi Cormac,
    I would love to watch your lectures. Any chance you might be able to make video lectures available, MIT Opencourseware style?
    Best regards,

  9. At this time I am going to do my breakfast, afterward
    having my breakfast coming again to read other news.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s