History of Astronomy

Course Code: NATS 1745 M 6.0

Instructor's Name: Alireza Rafiee

Course Description:

The history of Astronomy studies the evolution of the discoveries and theories about Astronomy from prehistoric time up to the present. This course explores the ancient sites like Stonehenge and artifacts, where we find evidence that the motions of the Sun and stars were understood in prehistoric times. We look at the astronomical knowledge amassed by ancient civilizations such as the Babylonians and Egyptians, followed by the Greek explanations for the cosmos and the beginnings of Astronomy as a science. We explore the stories of the discoveries about our solar system, the stars, galaxies and the universe from the 19th century up to the present day. This includes the history of cosmology, recent discoveries about the birth and evolution of the universe, discoveries of new planets beyond our solar system, and theories about black holes, dark matter and dark energy and eventually the possibility of multiverse or parallel universes and the plausible fate of our Universe.

Course Format:

Total of six lecture hours per week.

Course Credit Exclusions:

None.

Mathematical Content:

Minimal simple arithmetical calculation at about Grade 10 level.

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