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PHY 104: Cosmic Evolution

The universe is more than a place, people!

Course goals

  • To explore our knowledge of planets, stars, galaxies, and life beyond Earth.
  • To expose students to the physics underlying this knowledge.
  • To engage students in the scientific method via simulations and related library research.
  • To consider cosmic evolution as a context for all of human existence.


Understanding Cosmology

When you want to find information about cosmology, ask yourself this question: What about cosmology do I want to know?  From class we know that big history, deep time, cosmic evolution, emergence of life all help define "cosmology."  Ok, I want to know more about cosmic evolution. 

Time to dig even deeper!  What about cosmic evolution interests me?  

  • Cosmic evolution + history?
  • Or cosmic evolution + fossils? 
  • Or how about cosmic evolution + human condition? 

These are all ways to respond to the question "what about cosmic evolution interests me?" 



Further Exploration of Cosmology

Here is a sampling of books available to you in the library on even more topics that can be correlated to cosmology.  Type the title into the search box to find the call number.  Find the book on the shelves and then check it out at the desk.  You can also use the headings below as search terms to find even more books on that topic.

Religion and cosmology

Daoism Excavated : Cosmos and Humanity in Early Manuscripts Time, Astronomy, and Calendars in the Jewish Tradition The Self-Disclosure of God : Principles of Ibn Al-'Arabi's Cosmology Visualizing the Sacred : Cosmic Visions, Regionalism, and the Art of the Mississippian World 


Cosmology and philosophy

The Intelligible World : Metaphysical Revolution in the Genesis of Kant's Theory of Morality Critique and Totality Paperback Cosmology : Historical, Literary, Philosophical, Religious, and Scientific Perspectives Book Infinite Minds : A Philosophical Cosmology


Art and cosmology

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Perseids Around the Milky Way
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