- Paper 2 (Due Nov 30, 2004)
Information on this paper is
here (PDF) or
here (jpeg, page1) and
here (jpeg, page2).
- Paper 1 (Due Sep 14, 2004)
Choose a subject that interests you in the general area of "evolution
of the universe" and write a 5 - 7 page paper on that subject. The subject may be from your
own reading or your own area of expertise. There are only two conditions:
- the subject must have something to do with "the evolution of the
- you must explain the relevance of your subject to "the evolution of the
universe" somewhere in your paper.
I realise that we are at the start of the semester so obviously you
won't necessarily know much (yet) about the evolution of the Universe.
Credit will be given for writing a nice, tight, technical, college-level paper
(well-referenced) on your subject, and for showing an understanding of it's
relevence to the subject of the course.
Feel free to consult me if you are unsure of the relevance of your
proposed topic, or if you are having difficulty thinking of a topic in the
Consider the subject, "What can we tell about cosmology (the structure
and history of the universe) using naked-eye observations of the sky?" In this
case, your 5 - 7 page paper will ideally try to trace the history of our
understanding of this subject and show how the limitation of accuracy of
observations has crucially affected our interpretation of celestial phonomena.
Again, credit will be given for keeping the argument tight and for proper