Humans have been struggling for a very long time to understand our place in the universe – and even what the universe is. The cosmos is a confusing place, and comprehending it has obsessed some of the greatest minds of history: from Aristotle to Copernicus, to Newton to Einstein. In this class, Professor Matthew Stanley will explore the changing views of the universe: crystal spheres gave way to clockwork, and the Big Bang exploded into the multiverse. And the question always remains: where do we fit in?
- How can we study the universe from inside it?
- Are humans an important part of the universe?
- How can we make sense of the huge time and distance scales involved in our modern understandings of the universe?