VU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Friday, February 6, at 3:20 PM in NSC 224. Join us for refreshments in NSC 231 at 3:05 PM.

"Ancient Astronomy"


Dr. Todd Hillwig, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Valparaiso University 

Throughout history people and cultures have studied the heavens.  The
evolution of astronomy from superstition to science mirrors humanity's
understanding of the greater world around us.  I will present examples
of cultures and individuals whose treatment of the heavens illustrates
the growth of astronomy and science in general.  The talk is not meant
to be a comprehensive survey of astronomy in antiquity, rather to help
us put into context many of the foundational elements of our
understanding of the universe around us, and how those often taken for
granted elements came to be discovered.