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SPST635 - History of Astronomy

 

This course reviews the historical significance and discoveries made by astronomers ranging from the early Greeks and Mayans through the discoveries of recent times using modern techniques and tools such as the Hubble Space Telescope. As both a history class and a science class, this course bridges the two by examining the interconnection of the events and people involved in astronomy through the ages as well as analyzing the observations that have formed the core of humanity's effort to understand and describe what we see around us. The majority of the course materials are primary sources, as students will read many of the original papers that have brought us to our current understanding of the universe. A major component of this course is learning to interpret history for different audiences in a wide variety of writing assignments.

 

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Schedule of Classes

Registration Dates Course Dates Session
07/30/18 - 01/04/19 01/07/19 - 03/03/19 Winter 2019 Session B - 8 Week session
10/29/18 - 03/29/19 04/01/19 - 05/26/19 Spring 2019 Session B - 8 Week session

Course Materials


Book Title: Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond
ISBN: 9780300235746
Publication Info: Yale University Press
Author: Marcia Bartusiak
Unit Cost: $26.00
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Book Title: The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction
ISBN: 9780192803061
Publication Info: Oxford University Press
Author: Michael Hoskin
Unit Cost: $11.95
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Book Title: The Day We Found the Universe
ISBN: 9780307276605
Publication Info: Vintage/Knopf Doubleday
Author: Marcia Bartusiak
Unit Cost: $14.00
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