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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 2018: ASTR UN1610
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASTR 1610 001/29812 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
329 Pupin Laboratories
Joseph Patterson 3 76/90