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The astrophysics program at the University of Chicago began with the building of the Yerkes Observatory, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, where the entire Department was located. By the mid-sixties it had become clear that ties to the intellectual community on campus needed to be strengthened, and there was a shift of the center of mass from Wisconsin to Chicago. All of the academic programs are now on campus. Yerkes still provides laboratory facilities, contains the bulk of the library astronomy holdings outside of Crerar, and offers access to research telescopes and instruments for prototyping and instruction.

Customer Reviews

a little humor to lighten up the dark universe...,

If you have any interest in astronomy, you should take in the entire lecture, it would be well worth your while. Dr Kolb takes a "down to earth" approach to cosmology - scientists' attempt at figuring out what the universe is, what it is made of and how it got that way. Along the way, he uses visual accompaniment and a heaping dose of silly jokes to smooth out the occasionally rough parts. Far from appearing to be the usual "stuffy professor" type, Kolb looks more the part of a football fan, and talks to his audience on a far friendlier level than you might expect. Fun as well as informative.