Instructor: William Dietsch

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 14th  to Oct. 19th

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

A series of lectures and discussion exploring the genesis and possible fate of the universe, the life cycle of stars and the evolution of the elements, our search for exoplanets, the possibility of intelligent alien life and the speculation that an infinite number of universes exist, many of which have copies of you (some identical, some not). Together we will explore some excogitative theories as well as established cosmological principles, all on the cutting edge of science’s understanding of our existential milieu. One will take away a new appreciation of the circumstances of our existence and our place in the universe.

Class Format: presentation followed by discussion and Q&A

Readings: (suggested): The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality (Greene); Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by (Thorne/Hawking); A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell (Hawking); Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos (Kaku).

Instructor bio: William Dietsch has been a science educator for 46 years having taught on the high school and college levels. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from Montclair State University and a Ph.D. in physics from Atlantic International University. He has been the recipient of numerous study and research grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Energy, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His most recent role was as a grant-funded STEM consultant and science professional development presenter in New Jersey.



MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust