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A survey of selected topics in the history of astronomy. Proceeding chronologically, we survey major innovative achievements in astronomy, from the planetary tables of the Selucid Babylonians to the big-bang model of contemporary cosmology. Attention will be paid to developments that have provoked historical debate and discussion, or have resulted in a novel historical interpretation of past astronomy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of cosmology: the shift from the Ptolemaic to Copernican astronomy in the Scientific Revolution, and the rise of big-bang cosmology in the twentieth century.


Course Information

  • Course Code: HPS2007H
  • Course Location: EM105
  • Course Delivery: On Campus
  • Course Duration: 2 hours
  • Course Credits: 0.5 credits