ASTR E-8 Cosmic Evolution: The Origins of Matter and Life
Spring Term 2017 CRN 21171
This course covers evolution of the universe, from its origin in a cosmic expansion to the emergence of life on Earth and possibly other planets. We study big-bang cosmology, including origin and evolution of galaxies, stars, planets, life, and intelligence. We discuss nature writ large, from quarks to quasars, microbes to minds. Course materials are largely descriptive, based on insights from physics, astronomy, geology, chemistry, biology, and anthropology.