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Astronomy & Integrative Biology C13: Origins - From the Big Bang to the Emergence of Humans (Fall 2014, UC Berkeley). Instructors: Prof. Charles Marshall and Prof. Eliot Quataert.

This course will cover our modern scientific understanding of origins, from the Big Bang to the formation of planets like Earth, evolution by natural selection, the genetic basis of evolution, and the emergence of humans. These ideas are of great intrinsic scientific importance and also have far reaching implications for other aspects of people's lives (e.g., philosophical, religious, and political). A major theme will be the scientific method and how we know what we know.

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  • Lecture 01 – The Science of Origins Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – An Astronomical Census – What is Out There! Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – A Biological Census – Life’s Diversity and its Universal Underpinnings Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Gravity – Holding the Universe Together Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – The Formation of Stars, Planets, and the Solar System Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – The History of the Earth and its Life Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – How the Earth Works Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – The Properties of Stars and the Nature of Matter Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Fusion and the Furnaces Inside Stars (No Audio) Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – The Life and Death of Stars Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – The Origin of Life Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Evolution, Species, Speciation Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – The Big Bang: The History of the Universe Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – The Big Bang: What the Universe is Made of Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – From the Big Bang to Habitable Planets Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Origin of Major Evolutionary Innovations Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Comets, Asteroids, and the Death of Dinosaurs Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Climate Change from the Cambrian to the Ice Age Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – The Evolution of Our Humanness Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Our Transformation of the Planet Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Life and Extreme Environments on Earth and in the Solar System Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Worlds Beyond Our Solar System Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Outstanding Questions and Prospects of the Future Unlimited

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