Advanced Astronomy

In the first astronomy sequence presented on this site, we saw what it means to call
astronomy a “liberal art.” That course took us through the principal contributions of Ptolemy,
Copernicus, and Kepler. We are now at the next step in the journey: Isaac Newton. This
course is a tour through some of the central material in his Principia Mathematica
Philosophiae Naturalis, or “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.” Although we
will be learning plenty about astronomy from Newton, the very title of his work shows that it
is not restricted to astronomy. It is nothing less than classical physics in its first form. This
prompts the question: “Is physics a liberal art?”

-Michael Augros, Thomas Aquinas College

Click the book cover above to view the entire Advanced Astronomy course. Or click here to download the full, printable pdf.