prob4 - UGS
303
(Fall
2009)


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303
(Fall
2009)
 
History
and
Philosophy
of
Astronomy
 Assignment
4
 
Due
in
class:
Thursday,
October
1,
2009
 (worth
5/100)
 
 
 Be
brief!
Maximum
page
number,
if
typed:
1
page
(single‐spaced)
or
2
pages
(double‐spaced);
if
hand‐ written:
3
pages.
 
 Write
the
name
of
your
TA
and
your
section
unique
number
on
top
of
the
first
page!
 
 1. Evaluate
Encyclopedia
Articles
on
Nicolaus
Copernicus
 
 
 Critically
evaluate
(see
part
a)
the
following
two
encyclopedia‐style
articles
on
Copernicus:
 
 (i) Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolaus_Copernicus
 
 (ii) Encyclopedia
Britannica
Online
(Academic
Edition):
Copernicus,
Nicolaus
 
 The
URL
will
depend
on
whether
you
access
the
Britannica
site
from
within
the
UT
campus
 network,
or
from
your
home.
To
gain
access,
you
will
need
your
UT
EID.
 You
can
use
the
UT
Library
website
to
locate
the
article.
If
successful,
you
should
see
at
the
 end
of
the
article
URL
the
following
string``article‐9105759’’
(first
page
of
5).
Ask
your
TA,
or
 the
librarian,
if
you
have
trouble
finding
and
accessing
the
article.
If
all
fails,
you
can
 physically
go
to
the
library
and
read
the
printed
copy,
which
is
identical
to
the
online
version.

 
 
 
 
 (a)
For
each
article,
briefly
address
the
following
issues:
 
 Source
Information:
 Type
of
source
(article,
website,
book):
 
 Citation:

 
 
 Perspective:
 What
does
the
article
try
to
accomplish?


 
 
 Is
it
biased?

If
so,
how
does
the
bias
impact
the
information?
 
 
 Is
it
fact
or
opinion?
 
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 Authority:
 Who
wrote
it?

What
are
their
qualifications
to
write
about
the
topic?
 
 
 Who
published
it?

Are
they
reputable?

Objective?
 
 
 
 Is
it
scholarly
or
non‐scholarly?


 
 
 Currency:
 Is
this
information
current
or
historical?

Is
it
current
enough
for
your
research?
 
 
 
 Accuracy:
 Is
the
information
accurate?

Where
did
the
author
get
their
information
to
write
this
source?

Is
it
well‐researched
and/or
 well‐documented?

 
 
 
 
 














































(b)
Which
article
is
better?
Why?
 
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