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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 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.

AK
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 Gabriel C

May 22, 2017

This course very much helpful to those who are new philosophy of science.

By Samuel F F

Jan 21, 2017

Esperava explicações mais simples dos fenômenos, muitas vezes me perdia

By Simone P

Jun 6, 2017

Astonishing insights. Very well taught.

By Aiza R A C

Oct 15, 2020

Mind blowing and informative

By Daniel S

Apr 15, 2020

Really enjoyed it!

By Anuj K

Jul 6, 2020

very informative

By Dr.FAKRUDDIN B S

May 4, 2020

Very Good

By Cliff S

Sep 11, 2016

Though familiar with the material, the lectures made several very nice key points about the Philosophy of Science which I found useful. However there are a few issues :

-a lot of the lecturing is on a board which is hard to read

-there is a lot more science than there is Philosophy

The latter isn't necessarily a bad thing, but based on the title I expected more of the latter.

By Saqib R

Dec 4, 2016

Really informative. Equations were a bit difficult to understand. I felt that there was a bias towards anthropic principle.

By Zaher A H

Jan 16, 2017

Very technical and focuses more on cosmology than on the principles of Philosophy of Science

By Rebecca C

Oct 1, 2016

Found it a bit hard to follow, some aspects could've been explained in more detail.

By LAM Y W

Jan 3, 2018

too much mathematics equations and formulas

By MD. N M K

Feb 24, 2020

It would be better if you didn't use Cosmology in this course. Because it is hard to grasp and it seems to be more speculative.

By Joy S

Jan 7, 2017

2nd time trying this. Hard to understand subject. Short class.

By Araslanova A

May 7, 2018

Waste of Time : supereasy and shallow