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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....

Top reviews

DL

Nov 27, 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.

KK

Jun 07, 2018

Nice slides.Lectures are well prepared .Quizzes are relevant to the subject and thoughtfully worded so that even wrong choices also contribute to the knowledge of the study material.

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By Lora X

Sep 27, 2018

The physics part is somewhat challenging, but good for getting a sense of the philosophy of physical sciences.

By sude a

May 12, 2020

The course starts with a really simple question and ends up in a really different place. Highly recomended!

By Johnson L

Jun 11, 2017

Definitely helpful for understanding the philosophy under the context of physical sciences for starters.

By Diego B

Dec 01, 2016

Excellent course on cosmology and philosophy. Great course material and additional for further reading.

By Juan C R N

Jul 31, 2020

Excelente curso introductorio para los amantes de las ciencias naturales y el pensamiento filosófico.

By Ahmed H

Mar 18, 2017

Thought provocative, challenging and entertaining journey through time, space and mind.

By Burak Ç

Oct 06, 2018

very useful for course to understand modern cosmology and its philosophical background

By Clare H

Jan 13, 2018

I thought this was a great overview: well-produced, engaging, and thought-provoking.

By Francisco J d o (

Jun 15, 2019

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By D.Scott V

Sep 03, 2017

Very informative and enjoyable. Thanks to all who taught and participated.

By Saleem R

Aug 02, 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 Proinsias R

Jan 08, 2020

Really enjoyed this opportunity to learn. Highly recommend!

By Jekaterina T

Mar 30, 2017

Excellent course for a beginner or just science enthusiast!

By THAER A

Jun 01, 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 Rajesh K

Jun 22, 2020

Some crucial topics have been explained extremely well.

By SWAPNIL D

Jun 05, 2020

Excellent course for beginners in the field. Good work!

By Stefan V

Nov 10, 2017

Another great course from The University of Edinburgh!

By Inga B H

May 02, 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 10, 2017

excellent introduction: please repeat!

By Blair K W D

Jun 02, 2020

An excellent course. Learned a lot,

By Muhammad H H N

Aug 03, 2020

A helpful course to start with...