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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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Jun 1, 2021

The course was really fun and enjoyable. The course offered a lot of information in a very simple way. All the instructors were very fluent with their explanation and I thoroughly enjoyed this course!


Jan 28, 2017

Un curso muy completo y fácil de digerir sobre la cosmología y el principio antrópico, muy recomendable para la comprensión que se tiene sobre el universo actualmente y la razón de nuestra existencia.

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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!

By Anzhelika K

May 1, 2022

A very interesting and dynamic introduction to cosmology.


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 Viola B

Feb 28, 2023

Excellent course for Cognitive Sciences specialization.

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 Sheba 1

Jan 27, 2022

Very informative content and dedicated professors.

By Francesco L

Jan 21, 2021

Great ! Well assembled course! I am very satisfied.

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!


Nov 19, 2021

Well presented. I enjoyed the course.

By Jorge A d S C

Feb 15, 2022

Muiot Relevante esse curso.NOTA 10.

By Blair K W D

Jun 2, 2020

An excellent course. Learned a lot,

By Martina P

Mar 5, 2023

I'm so proud to attend this class

By Ugonna O

Feb 6, 2022

very nice and intellectual course