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Week One: Introductory Lecture


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In conjunction with this week's lecture, you should read the Introduction and chapters 1 and 2 of your set text, Maps of Time. Then please explore the materials presented by Eric J. Chaisson of the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University:

Please also watch:

David Christian on Big HIstory

Further Reading

While there are no further required readings for this week, the following books available in the UQ library will prove helpful in extending your knowledge of what we will cover in lectures during the first weeks of the course.

Fabian, A. C. 1988. Origins. Darwin college lectures. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Gribbin, John R. 2008; 2007. The universe :A biography. London: Penguin.

Jastrow, Robert, and Michael R. Rampino. 2008. Origins of life in the universe. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Jones, Mark H., Robert J. Lambourne, and David J. Adams. 2004. An introduction to galaxies and cosmology. Milton Keynes: Open University.

Liddle, Andrew R. 2003. An introduction to modern cosmology. Chichester; New York: Wiley.

Liddle, Andrew R., and Jon Loveday. 2008. The oxford companion to cosmology. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Longair, M. S. 1996. Our evolving universe. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Marschall, Laurence A. 1994. The supernova story. Princeton science library. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Parker, Barry. 1996. Chaos in the cosmos: The stunning complexity of the universe. New York: Plenum Press.

Woolfson, M. M. 2007. The formation of the solar system: Theories old and new. London: Imperial College Press.

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