Thursday, 28 January 2010


"Pemikiran dan Permasalahan yang menghampiri manusia akan menyebabkan kedewasaan dan kemajuan peradaban manusia itu sendiri' 

Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics 



Lecture 5 - Planetary Transits 





Professor Bailyn talks about student responses for a paper assignment on the controversy over Pluto. The central question is whether the popular debate is indeed a "scientific controversy." A number of scientific "fables" are discussed and a moral is associated with each: the demotion of Pluto (moral: science can be affected by culture); the discovery of 51 Peg b (morals: expect the unexpected, and look at your data); the disproof of pulsation as explanation for the Velocity Curves (moral: sometimes science works like science).

Problem sets/Reading assignment:

None assigned

Course Media





Low Bandwidth Video

mov [100MB]

High Bandwidth Video

mov [500MB]


Class Notes - Lecture 5 [PDF]


1. The University of Yale Open Course Ware

2. Professor Bailyn's guide to Extrasolar Planet Websites

Ucapan Terima Kasih:

1. Bapak. Prof. Dr. Ing. H. B. J. Habibie.

2. Departemen Pendidikan Nasional

3. Kementrian Riset dan Teknologi

4. Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional

Disusun Ulang Oleh:

Arip Nurahman

Department of Physics, Indonesia University of Education


Follower Open Course Ware at MIT-Harvard University, Cambridge. USA.

Semoga Bermanfaat dan Terima Kasih

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