Chris Impey

Chris Impey is a University Distinguished professor at the University of Arizona and Deputy Head of the Astronomy Department. His research interests include observational cosmology, quasars, and distant galaxies. He has written 160 research papers and two astronomy textbooks. He has won eleven teaching awards, and has served as a National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Scholar, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, and the Carnegie Council's Arizona Professor of the Year. He is a former Vice President of the American Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the AAAS. He has published six popular science books, with two more in preparation, and one novel.
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Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space (Coursera)

This course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about modern astronomy. We will help you get up to date on the most recent astronomical discoveries while also providing support at an introductory level for those who have no background in science.

Knowing the Universe: History and Philosophy of Astronomy (Coursera)

Jul 1st 2024
Knowing the Universe: History and Philosophy of Astronomy (Coursera)
Course Auditing
This is an introductory level course about the history and philosophy of astronomy, the oldest science. We'll look at how humans learned to ask questions about the universe, and even before the invention of modern instruments like the telescope, learned some amazing things about their place in nature. [...]

Astrobiology: Exploring Other Worlds (Coursera)

How are astronomers approaching their search for life in the universe? What have we learned from the surge of exoplanets discoveries? How likely is it that Earth does not host the only life in the Universe? In this course we explore the field of astrobiology, an emerging multidisciplinary field. [...]