presented by : Dr Paul Payne

Adult education courses in Astronomy, Einstein's Relativity and Quantum Physics. Held online and presented by Dr Paul Payne, with over 30 years teaching experience, using unique dynamic graphics. Complex concepts are made understandable through powerful visualisations. The courses take you from an introduction to the night sky to delving into the wonderful universe described by modern physics. The courses are free of mathematics except for " The Theorem of Pythagoras in Physics" and "HSC Relativity" .

Exploring the Heavens

An introduction to the wonderful night sky. Identify, and understand the nature of the planets, stars and constellations of the night sky. Learn which type of telescope is the one for you.
Access to course videos and notes
5 x Q&A evenings 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dates to be announced
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Astronomical Concepts

An 8 evening conceptual exploration of the universe. Light, Quantum physics and Relativity are introduced and applied to astronomy. We also examine the latest discovers and their significance. A few key concepts go a long way.
Access to course videos and notes
8 x Q&A evenings 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dates to be announced
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Understanding Relativity

This online course introduces you to the wonderful special theory of relativity. We explore the dynamics of the universe usings Einstein's malleable framework of space and time. Using unique dynamic graphics the course will explain the effects of time dilation, length contraction, the lose of simultaneous events, and the nature of mass and energy. A short video showcases the graphics used in the course. The website for the course is freely available for your regitration.
The number of participants will be limited to 15.
5 x Wednesday evenings 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Commencing 2 March 2022
Cost : $180 ( concession $140 )
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Understanding Quantum

The follow on course to Understanding Quantum 1. We will explore the quantum description of atoms, the interaction of light with atoms and the amazing quantum explanation for simple optics. You will understand how stars shine through quantum effects and see the application of quantum in MRI and computing. The course will begin with Bell's theorem which, through experimentation, has shown that 'spooky action at a distance' does seem to describe the real world.
The number of participants will be limited to 15.
5 x Tuesday evenings 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Commencing 29 March 2022
Cost : $180 ( concession $140 )
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The Theorem of Pythagoras in Physics

Mathematics is the language of science. This course is an introduction to the application of mathematics in Physics. Pythagoras's Theorem applied to Newtonian momentum, Einstein's Relativity and the probability of states in Quantum Mechanics. Over 3 evenings we explore the many ways to interprete this ancient theorem.
Access to course videos and notes
3 x Q&A evenings 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dates to be announced
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HSC Relativity

Two online sessions for HSC students to demystify Einstein's Relativity. Using your preferred online platform, and my interactive graphics, we explore
  • the two axioms of Relativity, time dilation, lose of simultaneity and length contraction.
  • mass, momentum and energy
Questions are encouraged during the presentation and after.
The two sessions are independent and can be booked separately.
Feel free to register with my online Relativity course and experience similar graphics to those used in the presentations.
1 hour presentation plus Q&A

cost: $15 per student per session ( teacher free )

Use my email to arrange a time.


A fortnightly presentation of interesting topics in astronomy and physics. Recent topics included
  • Black Holes
  • E = mc2
  • The Early Universe
  • Exoplanets
  • Refining the Solar Cycle
The presentation is free.

Presentation and Q&A evenings 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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