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Bookworlds: Hitchhiking the Galaxy with Douglas Adams

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Fall 2009
Astronomy 98/ 198
2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened."
-Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Are you ready to explore the absurdities and wonders of life, as told by one of Britain's most beloved and ingenious writers?  Do you long to see the marvels of the Universe on less than 30 Altarian dollars a day? Do you know where your towel is?

If you answered yes, then this DeCal is for you! We will be reading all five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (yes, we do mean trilogy). As we enjoy the blend of comedy and science fiction, we'll be discussing connections to the author's life and other works, to Astronomy, to literary analysis, and to the amazing galaxy around us.

Everyone, from the new hitchhiker to the diehard fan, is welcome.

How to Enroll:

There is space for 30 students, including both lower and upper division (in order to take the UD, you must be at least a junior). 

If you are interested in enrolling, please email me* with the following:

  • Name, year, and major
  • How familiar are you with Adams' work? (remember, it's fine if you haven't read the full series yet! I'm just curious to know who has.)
  • Name a favorite (can be a character, book, or part of the story). If you don't have one, just tell me why you're interested.
  • This is a reading-intensive course. Will you be willing to read half of a (highly entertaining) book per week?

*This does not guarantee you a spot, because you must show up on the first day of class (September 2) in order to get in! CCNs will be given out at the end of the first session.

Note: If we are full and you would still like to get in, feel free to email me and attend the first day anyway. The spots of any people who don't turn up will be given to those who persevere.

Note also: Please do not enroll yourself in any Astro 98 you find online. There are several independent study sections going on besides this one. Wait until the first day to get the CCNs, or you will be unenrolled.

Course Contact: clapolt AT

Faculty Sponsor: Geoff Marcy

Time & Location:

Claire LaPolt
30187 DwinelleW 5-79/02full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Syllabus.docAug 654kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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