Interdisciplinary Approaches to Astronomy

Andrew Fraknoi
1990 International Astronomical Union Colloquium  
To understand the motivation for my talk, you must bear in mind what Don Wentzel discussed so eloquently at the beginning of the colloquium. In the U.S., the vast majority of students taking astronomy classes at the college level arenotscience majors. Many students coming into the astronomy courses are afraid and distrustful of science and often see science as a very alien endeavor, quite separate from their everyday lives and other studies.For such students, it can sometimes be very reassuring
more » ... and enlightening to show some interesting connections between astronomy and other (nonscience) fields at a few places in the introductory astronomy course. For example, many students are surprised and excited to see the inspiration that astronomy has provided for music, literature, and art and some of the interesting connections between astronomy and psychology, archaeology, and law.
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