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Saturday, July 14, 2018
The Kathy Dwyer Marble '63, MAT '65, CAU Seminar
Aristarchus of Samos proposed in second century BCE that the Earth revolved around the sun. Copernicus supported the theory in 1543, and Galileo proved it in 1633—only to be imprisoned for life by the Inquisition. Such is the supreme struggle for acceptance of scientific advances that challenge received wisdom!
In this course, led by astronomy professor Martha Haynes, we will review some of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy, from the ancients to Eddington, Hubble, and the recent Nobel laureates. We'll discuss how the discoveries were made; learn their scientific, philosophical, and cultural contexts; and grasp their revolutionary impact on our understanding of cosmic history.
This program is part of Cornell’s Adult University (CAU), which offers education vacations designed and led by Cornell faculty. Programs include off-campus travel adventures and weeklong on-campus summer courses open to all, including Cornell alumni, families, and friends.