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Astronomy 162 - Stars, Galaxies, & the Universe

By Richard Pogge

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Astronomy 162, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe, is part 2 of a 2-quarter introductory Astronomy for non-science majors taught at The Ohio State University. This podcast presents lecture audio from Professor Richard Pogge's Winter Quarter 2006 class. All of the lectures were recorded live in 1008 Evans Laboratory on the OSU Main Campus in Columbus, Ohio.

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Enjoyable, educational and addictive

A very impressive podcast series, providing listeners with a clear, logically set-out, survey of advanced astronomy without the reference to mathematics or jargon. I started out sceptical that the podcast medium would work for this but certainly changed my mind as professor Pogge went through the lecture series. In fact I was almost dissapointed when it ended! Many will find it possible to start this series directly though some may benefit from listening to Astronomy 161, which is much more basic. I would definately like to see more lecturers take up this option and record their lectures in this way.

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another (Plato)

A surprisingly refreshing set of lectures delivered by (the very engaging) Professor Richard Pogge of Ohio State University. Make no mistake, these are undergraduate level lectures, delivered real time, and aimed at a reasonably educated audience. If you have not studied astronomy or physics you may struggle with a few sections (but that may be part of the fun!). With an audio podcast one does not have the benefit of the lecture set PowerPoint presentations but it should not be beyond the wit of a determined listener to research the missing data and fill in the gaps (get yourself a good copy of a Herzsprung-Russell diagram). Having said that, even a non-scientific audience should cope with, say, 80 % of the content. In many ways these lectures may be analogous to Richard Feynmans’ lectures. I commend Richard Pogge both for making the time and effort to present this material and not to “dumb down” to lowest common denominator content. This is a sterling example of how useful, informative (and entertaining) new media can be. Prepare to be wowed.


These podcasts 161 & 162 can't be ignored by anyone who want's a lead into or is studying astronomy. Richard Pogge delivers these lectures in a fashion that is clear and intelligent and the listener casual or otherwise will come away with a better understanding of our world and the universe. I have now listened to these lectures twice and think it only fair to write this review (the first I have written for any podcast) and I can only highly recommend Astronomy 161 & 162.

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