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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 26th, 2008 at 09:33:23 AM EST
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It covers a quarter of a semester and tries to explain the scientific world view to arts students. Physics with all but the really easy math ripped out. I guess you could call the course "The Theology of Science" as it covers the important theories, "saints", history, conundrums etc of science. I think it was a great course, even if I did study the stuff (with the math) in school before I went to university.

How did the methods of natural science develop? How did Ptolemaios, Aristotle, Brahe and Newton view the world? Why does the earth circle the sun? Is everything predestined? What is quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity really? Can you travel in time? What is a black hole? What do we know about the Big Bang and creation? The course gives an overview of the scientic view of the world and modern physics.

It was really quite complex and covered things like heliums flashes, the top-down or bottom up theories of galactical formation, quarks and bosons, string theory and supersymmetry, and lots of scientific history. Mixed in with understanding the famous equations like Keplers laws.

Pretty much everyone who took the course loved it and felt everybody else should also take it.

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by Starvid on Wed Feb 27th, 2008 at 06:17:34 AM EST
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