University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 1911W.001

How Likely is Extraterrestrial Life?

Session: Fall 2019 (9/03-12/11)
Instructor: J. Woods Halley (e-mail: halle001 @
Time: 1010 MW
Location: Tate Hall B55

The goal of this course is to familiarize students 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 skills.

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