Collins Living Learning Center | Astronomical Knowledge
L100 | 21901 | Jochen Buettner


The course will introduce students to the history of astronomy, from Bronze Age
observations made using the Nebra Sky Disk to the firm establishment of the Copernican
worldview in the 16th and 17th centuries, as a result of which the sun rather than the earth
was placed at the center of the planetary system.  Besides learning about major events in the
history of astronomy, students will gain a better understanding of what they see when
looking at the night sky.  Optimally, after completing the course, students will have learned
about how many ancient civilizations used sundials; they also will be able to build a primitive
one themselves.