ASTR UN1610 Theories of the Universe: From Babylon to the Big Bang. 3 points.
CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement
Milestones in the science of cosmology over the past 6000 years. Skylore and observation in ancient cultures. The twin revolutions of the Greeks: Pythagoras and Ptolemy; and Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Great Chain of Being. The "scientific revolution": the impersonal and deterministic world-order of Newton, Laplace, and Kelvin. The erosion of that world-order by mathematics and experiment in the 20th century (relativity, quantum physics, dark matter, and the expanding universe). Today's searches for a new grand order in the Universe, which can cope - or maybe not - with these blows to yesterday's comfortable wisdom.
Spring 2019: ASTR UN1610
|Course Number||Section/Call Number||Times/Location||Instructor||Points||Enrollment|
|ASTR 1610||001/11019||T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
329 Pupin Laboratories