CfA Colloquium Schedule Spring 2011
 27 January 2011

27 January 2011

Speaker: Toby Huff (Harvard / UMass Dartmouth )

Title:Why the West? The Telescope and the 17th Century Revolution in Astronomy: A Global View

Abstract: The invention of the telescope in 1608 gave astronomers a discovery machine with which a wide variety of celestial discoveries could be and were made by Europeans. The new instrument transformed the practice of astronomy from a slow plodding science into an exploratory science constantly looking for astronomical novelties. When the telescope was transmitted to China, Mughal India, and the Ottoman Empire in the first quarter of the 17th century, an entirely different reaction to it took place.

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