a. Timeline of ancient cosmology and religion

b. Summary of lecture on history of cosmology (as a downloadable pdf file)


c. Stephen Hawking's Universe (Hawking is the pre-eminent living physicist, the recipient of

    the Isaac Newton endowed Chair in Physics.  He is confined to a wheelchair and can only 

    speak the the aid of a computer, but he has one of the most brilliant minds in history).


d. The Inquisition


e. An  animated example of  "retrograde motion" (you will need a Java-enabled browser,

    most recent versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer will work).  This phenomena

    made it obvious that the Sun had to be at the center of the solar system, not the Earth as

    they believed in ancient times.