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SPST635 - History of Astronomy

Course Details

Course Code: SPST635 Course ID: 4943 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

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.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

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
Book Title:The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction
ISBN:9780192803061
Publication Info:Oxford University Press
Author:Michael Hoskin
Unit Cost:$11.95
Book Title:The Day We Found the Universe
ISBN:9780307276605
Publication Info:Vintage/Knopf Doubleday
Author:Marcia Bartusiak
Unit Cost:$14.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.