Astronomy 380: History of the Cosmos in Western Culture
Spring 2008

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The course is organised by topic. Click on each topic to access the pages for that topic, including reading assignments, links to materials for class discussions and links to other useful websites. The dates encompass both lectures and class discussions.
  
 
Jan 15 Introduction & Overview    (BJ, AC)
 
Jan (15), 17, 22 Mesopotamian Celestial Forecasting    (BJ)
 
Jan 24, 29, 31 Ionian Physics & Hellenistic Astronomy: The Emergence of Scientific Theory    (AC)
 
Feb 5, 7 Arabic Continuation & Development of The Greek Tradition    (BJ)
 
Feb 12, 14 The Greek Tradition Re-Emerges in Medieval Europe    (BJ)
 
Feb 19, 21 Copernicus Proposes a Heliocentric Cosmology    (AC)
 
Feb 26, 28 Kepler & His Three Laws of Planetary Motion    (AC)
 
Mar 4, 6, 11, 13 Galileo Supports the Heliocentric Cosmology    (BJ, AC)
 
Mar 18 Take-Home Midterm Exam   
 
Mar 20, Apr 1, 3, 8 Newton's Laws of Motion, Universal Gravitation, and The Newtonian Cosmos    (BJ, AC)
 
Apr 10, 15 The 17th Century Scientific Revolution & Its Implications    (BJ)
 
Apr 17, 22 Relativity, The Big Bang, & The Expanding Universe    (AC, BJ)
 
Apr 24, 29, May 1 Post-Modern Cosmology & Its Implications    (AC)
 
May 6 Science as a Way of Knowing    (BJ,AC)
 
May 13 Take-Home Final Exam