Einstein's theory of relativity has brought new puzzles to the field of astronomy.
Einstein’s theory of relativity has brought new puzzles to the field of astronomy.

Astronomy professor and Academy Village resident Michael Chriss is continuing an encore presentation of “The Philosophy and History of Astronomical Thought,” an undergraduate course he is teaching at the University of Arizona.

The free, non-credit course is being presented in the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room in three sections: five weeks last fall, six weeks in the winter/early spring of 2016, and six more weeks this fall.

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

The final lecture of this fall section will describe how, as the 21st century begins, astronomers, philosophers, and theologians seem to be asking the same questions.

Michael Chriss
Michael Chriss

Chriss’s Nov. 2 lecture, entitled “Einstein and Relativity,” will consider four dimensions and the shape of space.

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 Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Astronomy Course (Without Tests) Concludes at ASA: November 2016
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