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MS, Astronomy, The University of Iowa
BS, Physics and Astronomy, The University of Iowa
Introduction to Astronomy
PHS-151, 3 s.h.
Introduction to Astronomy centers on a variety of topics that include the historical foundations of modern astrophysics, properties of stars and stellar evolution, galaxies and the evolution of our universe as described in the Big Bang model, the solar system and planetary geology, and space exploration and life in the universe. Laboratory exercises and observations are incorporated into the curriculum.
Coming of Age in the Milky Way
An epic retelling of the scientific endeavor from the Babylonians to Stephen Hawking. Called the best science writer of his time, Ferris weaves 3,000 years of history into a compelling portrait of the men and women who have shaped what has been called our civilization's most priceless treasure—its conception of the universe and our place in it.
Archives of the Universe
This unique book contains excerpts from 100 seminal works of astronomy and gives the reader the opportunity to follow the course of scientific discovery through the words of some of its greatest minds. From the Dresden codex to Copernicus to Hubble, the history of astronomy is illuminated through the original writings and Bartusiak's insightful accompanying text.
The Demon-Haunted World
Essentially an open love-letter about science, this insightful exposition delves into the decline of scientific understanding and the rise of pseudoscience and superstition among the majority of people in today's society. Through discussions of channeling, alien abductions, witch hunts, and other incidents of paranoia and uncritical thinking, the book serves as a cautionary tale warning of a time when the world may be controlled by a technically-minded elite while the majority remain ignorant and subservient.