What do we know about the universe?
About the CourseThe course aims to provide basic knowledge on ancient and modern ideas about the present and future structure of the universe, to gain familiarity with astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. A historical perspective is followed, from the early views of cosmos to modern ideas and theories about the universe, highlighting the succession of discoveries as rational thinking and the development of sciences related to astronomy improved. The chosen didactic approach employs a language that everyone can understand, without the use of specific mathematical tools. The course, with its interdisciplinary value, can be used as a preparation tool for various degree courses, both scientific and pedagogical-didactic, as well as training and updating teachers at all levels.
Learning outcomesto be able to outline developments in the astronomical knowledge of the past, present and future - to describe and interpret astronomical phenomena, commenting them - to acquire and consolidate basic skills as well as the use of specific astronomical terminologies - to stimulate further study in the astrophysical and cosmological fields
Background and RequirementsThe course is intended for all those who have even minimal knowledge of astronomy and intend to make use of it within their own pedagogical, educational, scientific plan. No special scientific skills are required. The Course has interdisciplinary characteristics for Degrees concerning Education Sciences, Primary Education Sciences, Cultural Sciences, Communication Sciences, Pedagogical Sciences, Teacher Training, Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences.
The selected scientific publications are indicated in the course pages. For reference purposes, the followings are mentioned:
- Ivan Spelti, Sette lezioni di astronomia, Edizioni del Faro (TN), 2015
- Andrea Cimatti, L’universo oscuro, Carocci Editore, 2017
- Corrado Lamberti, Capire l’universo, Springer, 2011