Astrophysics professor’s response to universities’ Brexit letter is sharp – and hilarious

Professor Peter Coles.


In an effort to respond to Tory whip Chris Heaton-Harris’s call for universities to provide details of courses and lectures that refer to Brexit, Professor Peter Coles of Cardiff University has provided a breakdown of his syllabus.

The document lists the main points of his course, with references to Brexit highlighted in red. There’s only one issue:

Peter Coles is an astrophysicist.

Ah, but, you see, his course is on the physics of the early universe – the EU.

Here’s his syllabus:

For those who can’t read images, the document is entitled: “PXT223 Physics of the Early Universe (EU) and Brexit

Highlights include: “Basics of the Big Bang: Summary of basic cosmological theory as it relates to Brexit.

“Thermal History in the Big Bang: The cosmic microwave background. Radiation decoupling and recombination. The cosmic neutrino background. Cosmological Nucleosynthesis. Baryogenesis. Relic particles. Dark matter. Implications for Brexit.

“Cosmic Inflation: Cosmological models with scalar fields. Phase transitions in the early Universe. The horizon and flatness problems. Inflation. The ‘Graceful Brexit Problem’.

“The Cosmic Microwave Background: Physical origin of temperature and polarization fluctuations. CMB experiments, the establishment of the standard cosmological model by the metropolitan elite.

“Cosmic Structure: … The cosmic web, the large-scale structure of the Universe and Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

“Unanswered Questions: Limitations of the Standard Model and why the fuck are we doing Brexit?

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  1. NMac October 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Absolute classic hilarious! Shows the odious Heaton-Harris character to be the nasty loathsome and stupid fool he is.

  2. Barry Davies October 26, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Childish response to a reasonable request, when someone whose field of expertise clearly has nothing to do with teaching anything about brexit, it makes you wonder if the universities are ashamed of their curricula.

  3. Florence October 26, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Oh how I miss the wit of the senior common room / staff meetings since retiring! There’s something about the sharp wit, and intellectual elegance (and often the toilet too, although not in this particular case).

  4. Richard Burton October 28, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    That is all very well, and perfectly clear to the average person; but what the f is Brexit?

    • Mike Sivier October 29, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      I think we all want to know that!

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