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written by Michael Fowler
This website provides materials for a university-level historical astronomy course. Full lecture notes are provided, along with animations and simulations to illustrate aspects of the course. Links are provided to related supporting material.

The course lecture notes are extensive and focus on two revolutions in the way humanity perceives the universe. The lectures begin with a review of important contributions from early civilizations, before focusing on the paradigm shift following Galileo's discoveries. The last part of the course discusses Einstein's contributions to astronomy and develops the theory of special relativity.
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- Historical Astronomy
Classical Mechanics
- General
General Physics
- History
- Miscellaneous
- Special Relativity
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- Informal Education
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© 1996 Michael Fowler
Acceleration, Achilles, Apollonius, Aristarchus, Aristotle, Babylon, Baghdad, Copernicus, Einstein, Euclid, Eudoxus, Galileo, Greek Science, Hippocrates, Hypatia, Isaac Newton, Islamic Science, Johannes Kepler, Michelson-Morley Experiment, Miletus, Plato, Ptolemy, Pythagoras, Special Relativity, Synchronizing Clocks, Telescope, Time Dilation, Tycho Brahe, Zeno's paradox, momentum, twin paradox
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