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Astronomy: Frontiers and Controversies

by Yale University

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years. The course explores not just what is known, but what is currently not known, and how astronomers are going about trying to find out.
This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2007.

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I cannot enroll in Yale and learn. This makes it possible to have access to a top professor who brings current research to you on your iPad. Education will never be the same. I would encourage the professor to advise those auditing via iTunes U not to be discouraged by the math detail and continue to listen, then later go back and do the math if interested. The professor gives some great tips on how to solve math problems when dealing with very large numbers. Moreover, you get a transcript of the full lecture. Because reading is faster than listening, use the transcript to go back and review what you missed. This brings learning to a whole new level.


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Wow,just wow

5 hours into this course and it hit me why I loved this so much. It is so easy to go,through the material and the professor does an excellent job. Personally, I love the "math to one digit" that he does. Great course for a person wanting to know more about the subject

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