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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Sept 23, 2009 1:04:35 GMT -6
Greek Astronomers and the Ancient Public at the Adler 23 September 2009
From the Adler site:
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:00 p.m. Universe Theater Adler Planetarium
"Greek Astronomers and the Ancient Public" Dr. Alexander Jones Professor of the History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity Institute for the Study of the Ancient World New York University
Between about 200 B.C.E. and 200 C.E., Greek astronomers learned how to explain and predict the appearances and motions of the heavenly bodies with remarkable precision. At the same time, they took great interest in explaining astronomy and its uses to the general public.
In this lecture, Dr. Alexander Jones will talk about what these early astronomers thought the public should know about their science and why. Dr. Jones will illustrate the variety of approaches they used to convey their messages through words, pictures, numbers, and mechanical models.
Admission is free and open to the public. No registration is required. A reception will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Adler Planetarium and the Archaeological Institute of America: The Chicago Society.