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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

Really good

I love how it lets u learn and all that goodnthat about space

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.

Just enough math

As in-depth an exploration of exoplanets, black holes, and dark matter/energy as is possible without using calculus. You need to use math to understand these topics, but this course takes you by the hand and let's you get a grip on the science using 'just enough' math--basic algebra, and a smidgen of trigonometry--to calculate things for yourself and understand them at more than a cocktail party level.

Not intended for math/physics/chem majors. Lively, entertaining, stimulating lectures. First rate science course for liberal arts majors, pre-med, computer or 'soft' science majors.