The Exceptional Astronomical Discoveries of the Ancient Greeks

Greek astro

Open to Public

Type: Outreach

Held on: Sep 04, 2020 (Fri) at 07:00 PM to Sep 04, 2020 (Fri) at 09:00 PM

Online Location: YouTube

Speaker: Michael Zhang


Event Coordinator: John McLaren

7:00–7:30 p.m. - Virtual Lecture
7:30–9:00 p.m. - Virtual Panel Q&A and Discussion

Far surpassing all other ancient civilizations, the Greeks used the scientific method to discover Earth's shape, measure its circumference, calculate the size and distance of the Moon, and debate whether Earth orbits the Sun.  I will tell the story of this remarkable civilization, discuss how they learned about the cosmos, and summarize the pivotal role their achievements played in kickstarting the Scientific Revolution and ushering in modernity.

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