- Code PHIL2042
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy, Mathematics, Science
- Academic career UGRD
- Philip Dowe
- Prof Philip Dowe
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2018
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This course aims at providing a conceptual understanding of some of the many faces of the Universe. General issues relating to the nature of mathematics and science, of space and time, and of the universe as a whole will be discussed. The course will be divided into the following sections: The Structure of the Universe, Shape and Measurement, The Geometry of Space-Time, Cosmology and the Arrow of Time, The Development of Life and the Anthropic Principle. The various sections will be introduced in a historical context emphasising the evolution of thought leading to current understanding. Topics to be covered include: the nature of numbers and of mathematical knowledge; geometry and the physical world, the nature of gravity and black holes, time travel and backward causation, determinism and free will, and mathematical models of the universe.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:An understanding in outline of the history of cosmology, and of contemporary cosmology.
A conceptual understanding of relativity theory and quantum mechanics.
An appreciation that many of the theories underlying modern cosmology are contentious.
An understanding of what would be involved in further study in philosophy of science, and in cosmology.
A habit of educated questioning of scientific orthodoxy.
- tutorial participation: 15%
- two 600-word assignments: 15% each
- one take-home exam (3,000 words): 35%
- multiple choice questions: 20% of the overall mark
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2744||19 Feb 2018||27 Feb 2018||31 Mar 2018||25 May 2018||In Person||N/A|