ASTR 1110: FWS: Exploring Our Cosmos
Instructor: Lukas Leisman
This course will embark on a dramatic journey through the Cosmos, from the formation of the first atoms and the birth of the galaxies to the death of stars in the form of black holes. Using the recent Emmy award winning series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey as a starting point, it will explore 1) the best scientific approaches we have understanding the universe, 2) the cultural context in which science operates, and 3) the underlying philosophical assumptions we employ to do science. In this course you will engage in the learning process of professional astronomers by using many forms of scientific writing, from informal logs to carefully revised papers. This process will force us to think critically about how we know what we know.