Michael Chriss
Michael Chriss

Astronomy professor and Academy Village resident Michael Chriss will be giving an encore presentation of a course he is teaching to undergraduates at the University of Arizona. His course is entitled “The Philosophy and History of Astronomical Thought.”

The free, non-credit course will be presented in the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room in three sections: five weeks this fall, six weeks in the spring of 2016, and six more weeks in the fall of 2016.

In the first section—five Wednesdays from Oct. 21 through Nov. 18—he will cover two themes: (1) Scientific Truth: What does the sky look like? What is our place in it? How do we know what to believe? and (2) The Old View: Astronomy and society – Greeks, Romans, Christians, and Moslems, from 500 BCE to 1000 CE.

Each class runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., with a break for refreshments near the middle. No tests will be given, and written notes for the course will be made available via the internet

Chriss has spent a lifetime in teaching. Before he retired he was Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at San Francisco State University and Professor of Astronomy and Humanities at the College of San Mateo, where he had been teaching since 1966.

He received his degrees in astronomy at the University of Arizona with further studies in History of Art and Science at UC Berkeley, Stanford and Oxford University. Since 1986, he has lectured about astronomy and other related topics on cruise ships.

Now he is back at the UA Steward Observatory, teaching students where he started his career in 1952 as a freshman majoring in astronomy.

Written by Marcia Neugebauer, Academy Village Volunteer

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Astronomy Course (Without Tests) Offered at ASA: Fall 2015
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