University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 1911W.100

How Likely is Extraterrestrial Life?

Session: Spring 2018 (1/16-5/04)
Instructor: J. Woods Halley (e-mail: woods @
Time: 1010 MW
Location: Tate Hall 120

The goal of this course is to make students familiar with the main available scientific
facts and arguments which bear on the question of the likelihood of extraterrestrial
life. A second goal is to familiarize students with aspects of the various relevant
disciplines early in their university careers when they may still be selecting a major.
The third goal is to provide familiarity with information resources at the university,
particularly through the library, as well as improved reasoning, writing and speaking

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