Dr. Christopher Hunt

Professor, Department of Physical Science and Engineering

Office: Chesapeake Hall Room 310C

Office Hours: 9 a.m.-noon MW. 9-10 F; other times available by appointment

Phone: 301-322-0429

Email: jhunt@pgcc.edu

Fax: 301-386-7529

Mailing Address:  Department of Physical Science, PGCC, 301 Largo Road, Largo MD 20774-2199


Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies Program, Virginia Tech

M.A., Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Maryland

M.S., Department of Physics, University of Maryland

B.S., Department of Physics, Murray State University (minors: mathematics, astronomy)


Courses taught this term (Spring 2007):

PSC 101:  Introduction to Astronomy 

PSC 101:  Introduction to Astronomy (Video Enhanced Online Format)

PHY 101:  Introduction to Physics 

Click on the above links for course syllabi.  Students should go to the Blackboard Login (http://pgcconline.blackboard.com/) to access more detailed specific course sites.

Research interests:

History of physics and astronomy, especially 20th century cosmology; theory choice among scientists, particularly the role of aesthetic features in theory choice; young sciences; the so-called "Science Wars" and the growing anti-science movement.

Professional Memberships:

History of Science Society

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

National Center for Science Education

Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (associate)


January 14, 1994 The Brat Pack: Younger Faculty Respond to the Contemporary Community College (AFACCT conference presentation)

February 11, 1997 A Brief Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (invited presentation, PGCC Reasoning Across the Curriculum program)

May 29, 1998 The Age and Scale of the Universe (invited presentation for the International School of Helsinki, Finland)

May 1999 & May 2000 The Night Sky (lecture and night sky observation), for All Souls Church, Unitarian

May 29, 2001 Night Sky Observations, at the PGCC Master Teachers' Retreat, Wye River Plantation

July 5, 2001 Dennis W. Sciama and the Steady State Cosmology, at the Fifth Annual History of Astronomy Workshop, University of Notre Dame

January 17, 2002 Contributor, Interdisciplinary in the Classroom Panel Discussion

January 18, 2002 Night Sky Observations, at the All Souls Church, Unitarian Board of Trustees Retreat

January 18, 2002 Wonder and the Order of Science, for the NEH-Funded Seminar Series Aristotle and a World of Wonder, PGCC

April 18, 2002 A Cosmologist Recants, for PGCC's Scholarship Across the Curriculum Program

December 10, 2003  “We Shall Have to Make the Best of It:  The Conversion of Dennis Sciama,” for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Science and Technology Studies Seminar Series


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