ASTR 165 - How Old is the Universe?
The last 20 years is often characterized as the Golden Age of modern astronomy due to the number of paradigm-shifting discoveries that have revolutionized our vision and understanding of the universe. This course explores several of these ground-breaking discoveries in great detail by focusing on the physical concepts and observations as well as the historical narrative that traces the progression of the scientific endeavor that made these discoveries possible. This course is distinctly different from ASTR 101 and 102, and allows for the interested non-science student to delve more deeply into the many discoveries that lead us to conclude that the universe is 13.77 +/- 0.059 billion years old; a number, by cosmological standards, that is staggeringly precise. No prior course work in physics, astronomy, or mathematics is required for this course.
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: No Senior
Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Liberal Arts CORE: None
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