Professor Bradley E. Schaefer, Ph.D.

Professor Bradley E. Schaefer
  • Louisiana State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In olden times, everyone lived in close contact with the skies, so the kings and common folk would appreciate the many practical, symbolic, and philosophical applications of ancient astronomy.

Bradley E. Schaefer is Distinguished Professor and Alumni Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University (LSU). He earned his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in Physics, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and a professor at Yale University, before joining LSU, where his teaching has earned him the Alumni Professorship and the Distinguished Faculty Award. He has over 200 publications in refereed journals.

Starting in the mid-1990s, Professor Schaefer joined the Supernova Cosmology Project, led by Saul Perlmutter. This group found that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating, propelled by an unknown dark energy. As one of the discoverers of dark energy, Professor Schaefer received a share of the Gruber Cosmology Prize in 2007 as well as a share of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2015. In 2011, Perlmutter was a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for leading this work.

In addition to his cosmology research, Professor Schaefer has written numerous articles on the history of astronomy, including frequent pieces for Sky & Telescope. He is on the editorial boards of both Archaeoastronomy and the Journal for the History of Astronomy, and he has served on the editorial board for Culture and Cosmos.

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  1. The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy Sale

    The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy

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    Taught by Professor Bradley Schaefer of Louisiana State University, this course shows how ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, Chinese, and other cultures saw the sky. You learn how the Sun, Moon, and stars were their clock, calendar, and compass; constellations encoded their mythologies; and the perfection of the heavens inspired religious and philosophical ideas, ultimately laying the foundation for modern science.
  2. (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & A Visual Guide to the Universe Set

    (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & A Visual Guide to the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $434.90 Starting at $434.90 $489.90 $434.90$489.90
    Enjoy the full splendor and mystery of the universe, past and present, with this two-course set. A noted historian of astronomy shows you the heavens through the eyes of people long ago in The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy. Then, travel from our neighborhood of the solar system to the farthest reaches of space and time with A Visual Guide to the Universe.
  3. (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & Our Night Sky Set on sale

    (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $381.00 Starting at $57.90 $469.90 $57.90$469.90
    The sky is one of the greatest shows on Earth and you'll discover why with this two-course set. The sky was once humanity's clock, calendar, and compass and The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy introduces you to this ancient sky and all its marvels. Our Night Sky gives you an unrivaled tour around the sky while teaching you about the science, culture, technology, and pure pleasure of stargazing.
  4. (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & Exploring the Roots of Religion Set

    (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid, Chaco Canyon. Discover places where science and religion intersect with this two-course set. Bust the myths and learn how people long ago really saw the sky with The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy. Then, Exploring the Roots of Religion introduces you to sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more.
  5. (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & Maya to Aztec Set

    (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & Maya to Aztec

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Look at the nights and days of the ancient worlds with this two-course set. The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy explores how skywatching gave birth to modern science. Cover the full scope of Mesoamerican history and culture in Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed.
  6. (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & Archaeology Set

    (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & Archaeology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Dig into the ancient world with this dazzling two-course set. The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy shows you how the ancients viewed, decoded, and learned from our spectacular sky. Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites provides an in-depth look at over 20 of the most significant and enthralling archaeological sites on the planet.