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Astrophysics: Frontiers and Controversies - Video

By Charles Bailyn

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(ASTR 160) 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 course was recorded in Spring 2007.

Customer Reviews

Misleading title.

Wow, have lower division college courses been dumbed down since I graduated.
That said, if you have a high school, non science non math level of education, you may find value in this course. The material presented, will give you an overview of the science of astronomy. It will also give you an overview of the fashionable topics, making the news today. Such as discovery planets orbiting other stars and how scientist do that, considering that stars appear as tiny dots in the night sky. Or, how astronomers figure out how big the universe is and how far away those tiny dots are.
Obviously, from the above paragraph, if you are looking for something with more depth, keep looking.


The way the professor teaches and carry the subject is simply amazing! He can keep your attention for the entire class and thats hard to see nowadays. The course is easy to understand without knowing too much of math,so for all those who thinks this class is difficult,you can simply go through it without a problem.
Anyway, fascinating subject and a fantastic course for sure.

Brilliantly done

Very few professors have put in the amount of work Prof. Bailyn has to communicate modern science (the real science, not just some philosophy about it) to the lay public. A real service to the intelligent but non mathematical learner. After you take this course (needing only high school algebra) you will actually be able to answer questions about astrophysics, how exoplanets were discovered, how we know there are black holes, and the difference between dark matter and dark energy. Congratulations to Yale and Dr. B.