Planets, Stars and Galaxies: Exploring Space


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NAT109 - Planets, Stars and Galaxies: Exploring Space

This course is a history of ideas, with special reference to the Universe. We will look at early Greek, Egyptian and Chinese attempts to understand the starry heavens and the earth's place therein. We will follow the work of the great interpreters of the universe and attempt to understand the perceptual, political and religious problems that stood in the way of accuracy. Finally, we will look at modern interpretations of the universe and its use in the art of navigation. Thus an examination of our current understanding of the universe is central to the course.

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