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Introduction and MotivationΒΆ

The MPIA Python course is a series of hands-on workshops to explore the Python language and the powerful analysis tools it provides. The emphasis is on using Python to solve real-world problems that astronomers are likely to encounter in research.

This will be a hands-on experience largely focused on interactive data analysis using tutorial examples that you type or cut-n-paste into the Python interpreter. Apart from the first ‘keynote’ session, participants should bring a laptop to each session partner-up with someone who has a laptop.


The purpose of this section is to motivate astronomers to learn Python and start using it as a tool for research and analysis.

Author:Originally written by Tom Aldcroft, with changes by Tom Robitaille and Neil Crighton.