AST 105: Introduction to the Solar System

The Role of Astronomy in Culture

Astronomy occupies a privileged position among the sciences, as that most closely aligned with the arts and humanities. The stars, and our place among them, have always provoked the interest of artists. There are more poems written about astronomical topics than about geology; there are more songs incorporating astronomical motifs than chemical motifs; there is more fiction written about astronomy than physics.

You task is to explore the interplay of astronomy and culture. Do one of the following:

The length of your essay should be appropriate to the subject. It should probably not be less than one page in length (although one exceedingly well written paragraph may suffice). More than ten pages probably means that you are substituting quantity for quality. Grading will be based on clarity of thought, scientific and literary insights, creativity, and on grammar, spelling, and punctuation.