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About the Course

We have learned a lot recently about how the Universe evolved in 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang. More than 80% of matter in the Universe is mysterious Dark Matter, which made stars and galaxies to form. The newly discovered Higgs-boson became frozen into the Universe a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang and brought order to the Universe. Yet we still do not know how ordinary matter (atoms) survived against total annihilation by Anti-Matter. The expansion of the Universe started acceleration about 7 billion years ago and the Universe is being ripped apart. The culprit is Dark Energy, a mysterious energy multiplying in vacuum. I will present evidence behind these startling discoveries and discuss what we may learn in the near future. This course is offered in English....

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Dec 5, 2019

Professor Hitoshi Murayama is a great lecturer. His passion for the research conducted and explained in the lectures is evident and helped motivate me to complete the course. Absolutely brilliant man!


Apr 17, 2020

I really liked the method of teaching the professor follows.The course helped me to gain insights on the universe. I really liked and hopes that professor would do more online courses in the future.:)

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By Natalie C

Jan 6, 2021

I absolutely loved this course from beginning to end. The course itself is incredibly interesting, jam packed with some of the most awe-inspiring discoveries scientists have made but I couldn't have been more impressed by the style of teaching. Professor Murayama is very engaging, enthusing the listener with his clear passion and insight into the projects he personally worked on, related to the course.

By Karthik S K

Jun 14, 2016

Prof. Hitoshi Murayama has Scienced the course out of dark matter! Amazing introductory course for young aspiring minds. Professor has taken a cosmic ride through the greatest minds of our history. It is structured beautifully like an atom, into four lectures, each more thought provocative than the latter. Can be completely understood by anyone with curiosity and high school knowledge of basic science.

By Shivam K

Feb 16, 2019

I have taken lots of online courses. But this is the best course I have taken in my life. Professor Murayama discussed the most complex topics of astrophysics in a very simple way so that everyone can understand. After taking this course I have decided to make a research career in the fascinating world of Cosmology. Thank you Coursera and thank you Professor Hitoshi Murayama for this course.


Jan 4, 2022

c'était vraiment une excellente expérience que j'ai vécu avec Mr Hitoshi Murayama, j'ai reçoit en fait un massif paquet d'information qui sera m'aider à améliorer les capacités que j'ai former dans ma spécialité MASTER "astrophysique", je tiens un grand remerciement au groupe de COURSERA afin de donne des aides aux étudiants autour du monde, je vous encourage encore et encore.


By Savannah S

Apr 6, 2020

Thank you for offering this fantastic course.

I was entertained, interested, captivated. The lectures had excellent visuals and the professor explains concepts well. I felt enlightened by the vastness of the universe and it has inspired great thoughts in me since the start. I am interested in pursuing further knowledge and would love to see more! Overall, this course gets a 5/5.

By モモ

Mar 29, 2023

I'm at a loss for words, this course is way beyond my ability of description.

very well produced, organized, and carried out by the great professor Murayama.

I've certainly gained so much information and knowledge during these past few weeks, I highly recommend it.

genuine gratitude to the team of this course, and especially to professor Murayama for the great, great experience.


Aug 16, 2020

Aristotle famously wrote, "The more you know, the more you realize you don't know."

It is indeed true, I came to know a lot of new ,exciting and mind boggling things about the Universe through this course. And it gave a new thrust to my thirst for finding the true meaning of everything.

This course gave a lot to imagine, And it is through IMAGINATION that we can do anything.

By Micah W

Jul 16, 2020

This was such a fun course to learn if you have even mild interest in astronomy!

Prof. Murayama explains the entirety of the course in a fashion that is both detailed, but easy to understand. He also has a great sense of humour, and continuously compares certain topics to every day life in order to better understand what can otherwise be complicated subject.

Highly recommended!

By Emily F

Jul 5, 2017

I'm an A Level Physics student and due to uninspiring school lessons I was doubting my desire to study physics at university - this course reminded me why I'd chosen to do it in the first place. Very interesting and it's good to be told why and how everything happens too - a high school syllabus will often make and allow you to just accept it (unless you look it up yourself).

By Philip G R

Sep 17, 2020

Excellent presentation that can be enjoyable and a learning experience for people of different backgrounds and educational levels. As a physicist with expertise in a different area, a reasonable knowledge of much of the material, and retired for 15 years very much enjoyed it and learned about the recent developments in understanding dark matter, dark energy, space-time, etc.

By Tom M

Feb 9, 2019

This course is extremely informative. Professor Murayama breaks down problems which may seem confusing and daunting at first and explains them in a way which most people with even the most basic understanding of physics can comprehend. As an A level student who has a module in astrophysics, this course has been invaluable in giving a broader context on the knowledge needed.

By José L V

Jun 2, 2020

Para mí, que soy un principiante en astronomía y lo que tiene que ver con el universo, este curso me sirvió para empezar a comprender el por qué de algunas cosas que siempre me habían parecido curiosas, además de aprender cómo ha evolucionado la ciencia en este aspecto. Me parece un curso excelente para aprender nociones básicas de astronomía, física y matemáticas.

By Linda S

Aug 16, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course. Professor Muryama is an excellent lecturer and made it easy for me, a non physicist, to understand the concepts that are current in this field. The extra exersizes were beyond my math skills but reading through them helped me to improve in that area as well. A very well done course. Thank you Professor Muryaand Coursera

By Sakshi K

May 30, 2020

This course is amazing & interesting as it explores dark matter & dark energy concepts very well even though we know much less about it. Also, the concept clarification along with enough no. of practical exercises allowed me to practise & check my understanding of the concept more easily. I am thankful to Prof. Murayama for conducting such a brilliant course.

By Alexandra S

Nov 25, 2015

Thank Hitoshi for exciting course! It's very interesting and particularly important for students to find out more about our Universe beginning, evolving and the probable end ;) In a sense you helped me to define in what direction I'd make a research. As mathematician I'd like to see more practical tasks at your course with more complicated calculations!

By Francine

Sep 3, 2016

I love this course!! Great PowerPoints and presentation. It is very up to date. I am glad I got to binge watch this class. i would hate to have waited a week to see the next episode. The professor was fantastic! (He has a very subtle sense of humor that you have to watch for. ) I highly recommend this class for those interested in the topic.

By Milinda Y

Jan 29, 2016

It was not difficult to follow the course in terms of the mathematics. I wish there was a follow up course on all the mathematical side to the things explained here. The materials were arranged very creatively with a good flow which made a lot of things clear to me than any other thing I have read or watched up to this point about this area of physics.

By Mehraveh E

Dec 29, 2022

Very informative and useful! I enjoyed the nice and scientific but absolutely comprehensible lecture of Prof. Murayama. Thank you professor and the team who helped to create this interesting course. Although the universe expansion is accelerating very fast, I hope one day -as soon as I can- I will join the research group at IPMU, wait for me!

By adike s

Jul 24, 2020

pof.Hitoshi Murayama has an excellent presentation about Big bang to Dark energy.Previously I have little knowledge about how the Universe begin,Higgs Bosan,Birth of elements,Big rip,Dark matter,Dark energy and ultimate fate fate of Universe.With prf H.Murayama crystal clear presentation I improved my knowledge in these.Greate presentation.

By Shoumik D

Jun 25, 2020

This course was very very informative. I literally enjoyed this course. Gave me a deeper insight about our universe. This course is for beginners as well. If

you have interest in this topic then this course is a must for you. The instructor was great. His explanations were remarkable. I am grateful to him. Thank you coursera for this course.

By Mary S

Apr 25, 2022

Interesting and challenging. Video lectures were excellent and the presenter is to be congratulated.

Slightly outdated however supplementary updated videos at the conclusion of the course outlining recent discoveries and events were excellent.

I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in astronomy, physics and mathematics.

By Will

Oct 11, 2016

100% worth your time ! Astronomy is my passion, and I wanted to apply my knowledge elsewhere while at the same time enhancing my understanding for the subject. I hope to do some form of Astronomy/Astrophysics course at university and this online course has been perfect in helping me to discuss my extra work/reading around the subject.

By Padmanabha R

Sep 19, 2017

It changed me. At 65 years of age, I was thinking that I had become ancient. Thanks to this presentation on matter, anti-matter, dark matter and dark energy, it feels like my mind has undergone some inflation itself. The Professor is so good at simplification of what initially appeared so daunting a topic - quantum Physics and maths.

By Faheem A K

Aug 11, 2021

Before this, I completed the course "Introduction to the Particle Physics." So it was not any hard to me. Slides for the previous course were very beneficial. I think it would be better if they are created in that way. The way of teaching is easy to understand and interesting and the course has a lot of knowledge about the subject.

By Paolo G

Apr 6, 2020

The course was very beautiful and interesting.

It has been well structured starting from the simplest concepts up to more demanding topics.

It was like experiencing all the discoveries from Newton to dark energy.

A small suggestion I can give is to improve the slides to lead to an easier understanding of the most difficult topics.