Dudley Observatory Skywatch Lecture
December 8, 2009 @ 12:00 am EST
Dr. Owen Gingerich: "Kepler, Galileo, and the Birth of Modern Astronomy"
2009 is the 400th anniversary of Kepler's Astronomia nova, and of the first astronomical use of the telescope, especially by Galileo. I will argue that more important than Kepler's elliptical orbits and the law of areas was his pioneering insistence on astronomy based on physical causes. Particularly remarkable about Galileo's use of the telescope was the way in which he used his observations to challenge the traditional geocentric cosmology. In very different fashions these two contemporary astronomers hastened the astronomical revolution and became the fathers of modern astronomy.
Held at the GE Theater at Proctor's in Schenectady, NY. $5 Students, $8 Members of Dudley Observatory & UCALL, $10 General