CfA Colloquium Schedule Spring 2013
 
 24 January 2013

24 January 2013

Speaker: Owen Gingerich (Harvard/CfA)

Title: THE GREATEST MYTH IN THE HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY

Abstract: "But perhaps the theory has too many epicycles..." We all know that the metaphor means that the theory is unnecessarily complicated, like the over-embellished Ptolemaic astronomy at the time of Copernicus. For more than forty years I have been fighting this historical misconception, the notion of epicycles-on-epicycles. But today I realize that there is another related myth, even more deeply ingrained, a way of unwittingly viewing the historical record with such modern standards that it comes as a shock to realize how anachronistic and false that is. Be prepared to have your astronomical vision of the past two millennia jolted!

Video of the Presentation (Talks can be viewed with RealPlayer. Free download is available from www.real.com )

 
 

Section Photo