Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

William Paterson University

Jason Kendall is adjunct instructor of Astronomy at William Paterson University.


Jason is teaching one section of General Astronomy in the Fall of 2019:

Online Introductory Astronomy Class

CRN: 44146, PHYS 1700-81, Online lectures and laboratory activities.

Modules: Home | Videos | Books | Labs | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14


Module 13: The History of Gravity and of Astronomy

Videos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Supplement the videos with readings on "OpenStax Astronomy"


Astronomy Lesson 13_09: Newton's Corpuscles of Light: So Close, but So Far....

Newton’s contribution to the understanding of light. We learn about his corpuscles and how they are not waves. As we traverse the history of light and understand how it grows with time, we see how great minds tried to wrestle with big ideas as the ideas arose and the experiments that supported them became possible. We see their missteps and we learn from them. We also see how the science endeavor is a truly human one, with all our foibles and strengths on display.


Video List

13_01: The Dawning of Astrophysics
13_02: Galileo, the Farther of Science
13_03: Galileo's Denouement
13_04: Newton's Laws as well as his Guidelines
13_05: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Equation?
13_06: And Yet It Moves: Galileo Vindicated
13_07: Wave Motions Everywhere
13_08: The Emerging Ideas about Light
13_09: Newton's Corpuscles of Light: So Close, but So Far....
13_10: The End of Newton's Theory of Light

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