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Carl Sagan: Works and Visions

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Fall 2009
Astronomy 98/198
2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

This course will be designed around various works by the astronomer/cosmologist/humanist Carl Sagan.  The subject matter includes history of scientific thought, earth and planetary science, exobiology, cosmology, secular humanism, and, of course, astronomy.  Students will develop the capacity to engage with subject matter on the grandest scales of time and space.  The course will nurture in them an appreciation for the connectedness of the human species to its home planet and our role as stewards of a unique world.   Moreover, we will investigate contextual development of significant theories in astronomy and the roles of religion and pseudo-science in past cultures.  Students will develop familiarity with basic cosmological theories and formulate informed decisions about the possibilities for life in the universe.

How to Enroll:

  • MW 5 - 6:30 PM
  • Room:130 Wheeler
  • All majors welcome!  This course is intended for science and non-science majors.
  • Any technical skills needed to understand the concepts will be explained in lecture and readings.
  • In order to help us put together the best class possible, please email Alex, Justin, or Sean with a brief summary of your interest in the course and your (intended) major. The final roster will not be finalized before the second week of the class comes to close.
  • Last Updated: 9/3/09 @ 11:30AM

Course Contact: scbs AT

Faculty Sponsor: Josh Bloom

Time & Location:

Sagan DeCalSean Baldwin-Stevenson
Justin Higgins
Alex Linz
130 WheelerMW 5-6:309/09started

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Sagan Syllabus Schedule Reading List Fall 09 FINAL.docSep 347kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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