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About the Course

What is the origin of our universe? What are dark matter and dark energy? This is the first part of the course 'Philosophy and the Sciences', dedicated to Philosophy of the Physical Sciences. Scientific research across the physical sciences has raised pressing questions for philosophers. The goal of this course is to introduce you to some of the main areas and topics at the key juncture between philosophy and the physical sciences. Each week we will introduce you to some of these important questions at the forefront of scientific research. We will explain the science behind each topic in a simple, non-technical way, while also addressing the philosophical and conceptual questions arising from it. We’ll consider questions about the origin and evolution of our universe, the nature of dark energy and dark matter and the role of anthropic reasoning in the explanation of our universe. Learning Objectives Gain a fairly well-rounded view on selected areas and topics at the intersection of philosophy and the sciences Understand some key questions, and conceptual problems arising in the natural sciences. Develop critical skills to evaluate and assess these problems. Suggested Reading To accompany 'Philosophy and the Sciences', we are pleased to announce a tie-in book from Routledge entitled 'Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone'. This course companion to the 'Philosophy and the Sciences' course was written by the Edinburgh Philosophy and the Sciences team expressly with the needs of MOOC students in mind. 'Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone' contains clear and user-friendly chapters, chapter summaries, glossary, study questions, suggestions for further reading and guides to online resources. Please note, this companion book is optional - all the resources needed to complete the course are available freely and listed on the course site....

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Nov 26, 2017

Many of the mathematical elements were beyond me, but the instructors presented the material in such a way that it really demonstrated the art of philosophical thinking about the field of science.

Oct 4, 2020

Thx to the professors for a wonderful overivew in understanding our universe. Also the role of the anthropic principle and philosophical approaches in advancing scientific progress in cosmology.

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By Saleem R

Aug 2, 2017

Really made me think! It pushed me beyond my conceptual threshold.

By Arantza P M

Jul 11, 2020

Helps you expand your way of seeing the universe and life itself

By Nilgen V

Dec 13, 2020

Fantastic! Well explained both in theory and mathematically.

By Muskan A

Sep 17, 2020

Get the knowledge on my own field and wonderful explanation.

By Proinsias R

Jan 8, 2020

Really enjoyed this opportunity to learn. Highly recommend!

By Jekaterina T

Mar 30, 2017

Excellent course for a beginner or just science enthusiast!


Jun 1, 2020

An amazing journey I have learned a lot from this course!

By Hylke

May 24, 2018

Very interesting, easy to follow and challenging content.

By Daniel C

Dec 29, 2020

Excellent course material at the right level of details.

By Derek C

Nov 15, 2020

An excellent course with clear, understandable lectures

By Rajesh K

Jun 22, 2020

Some crucial topics have been explained extremely well.


Jun 5, 2020

Excellent course for beginners in the field. Good work!

By Antonio F d A C

Nov 8, 2020

Great good introduction to a very interesting subject.

By Stefan V

Nov 10, 2017

Another great course from The University of Edinburgh!

By Inga B H

May 2, 2019

What an amazing course! I really enjoyed it!

By Keith S

Oct 12, 2019

Very good lecturers, very well delivered.

By Sachitha V S

May 23, 2020

Enjoyed it as same as gaining knowledge

By Bart S

Aug 9, 2017

excellent introduction: please repeat!

By Blair K W D

Jun 2, 2020

An excellent course. Learned a lot,

By Muhammad H H N

Aug 3, 2020

A helpful course to start with...

By Prashant S S

May 2, 2019

Very nice and informative course

By Orhan S

Jul 26, 2017

Thanks for all the knowledge!

By Amir H

Apr 15, 2020

high level, very nice course

By Walter O A

Mar 13, 2019

Mind enhancing at any rate!

By S B

Jun 19, 2017

Interesting course. Wish it