Introduction to Astrophysics
Yale,, Spring 2007 , Prof. Charles Bailyn
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Planetary Orbits - Our Solar System and the Pluto Problem - Discovering Exoplanets: Hot Jupiters - Planetary Transits - Microlensing, Astrometry and Other Methods - Direct Imaging of Exoplanets - Introduction to Black Holes - Special and General Relativity - Tests of Relativity - Special and General Relativity - Stellar Mass Black Holes - Pulsars - Supermassive Black Holes - Hubbles Law and the Big Bang - Omega and the End of the Universe - Dark Matter - Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe and the Big Rip - Supernovae - Other Constraints: The Cosmic Microwave Background - The Multiverse and Theories of Everything
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FrontiersControversies in Astrophysics (ASTR 160)
Professor Bailyn begins the class with a discussion of a recent New York Times article about the discovery of a new, earth-like planet. He then discusses concepts such as epicycles, dark energy and dark matter; imaginary ideas invented to explain 96% of the universe. The Anthropic Principle is introduced and the possibility of the multiverse is addressed. Finally, biological arguments are put forth for how complexity occurs on a cosmological scale. The lecture and course conclude with a discussion on the fine differences between science and philosophy.
0000 - Chapter 1. Calculations for an Earth-Like Planet
0823 - Chapter 2. Cosmology The Game -- Working with Imaginary Ideas
2939 - Chapter 3. The Anthropic Principle and the Multiverse
4200 - Chapter 4. The Fine Line between Science and Philosophy
Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educourses
This course was recorded in Spring 2007.
Sep 12, 2018
Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.
March 29, 2019
Great course. Thank you very much.