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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 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 W D C

Dec 3, 2021

I really enjoyed this course.

By Rubén G G

Dec 30, 2022

Excelente curso y profesores.

By Orhan S

Jul 26, 2017

Thanks for all the knowledge!

By Phaisal T

Aug 11, 2022

Very good course.

Thank you.

By Archie 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

By Basset B

Apr 29, 2020

one of my best cours ever!

By Vikash M

Jun 23, 2020

Absolutely fantastic!!

By Jose M T c

Jun 11, 2019

Great Curse. Thank you

By Winston A W

Nov 25, 2020

Excellent, thank you.

By Anas H

Sep 3, 2017

Very Useful Course.


Mar 16, 2017

Helpful. Thank you!

By manas s

Dec 1, 2016

well planned course

By Pooja J

Jan 8, 2022

very informative

By Tejas p

Dec 15, 2020

Very nice course

By Monica J

May 14, 2020

It's very useful

By Jennifer

Jan 9, 2019

very interesting


Oct 22, 2020

Muy buen curso.

By Kory H

Apr 21, 2021

Great course!

By Rupert M

Feb 18, 2019

Epic course!

By Sabine B

May 26, 2020

Thank you!

By Rudolph L

Nov 5, 2017

Very nice!