AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 96 Teaching Astronomy to Impact World Views
Special Session, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 2:00-3:30pm, 706

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[96.02] The Big Bang Happened Here: Cosmology For Non-Scientists

K. Coble (NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago and Adler Planetarium)

I will describe the selection and presentation of topics in a cosmology course for non-scientists whose main goal is teaching students how to think critically about and integrate new scientific knowledge into their personal worldviews. I will also describe a new textbook, ``The Big Bang Happened Here: An Introduction to Cosmology," which arose directly from teaching such a course. Both the course and the book feature exercises which help students connect with key concepts in cosmology in a personal, non-abstract manner.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: coble@hyde.uchicago.edu

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