[Chaos-l] Fwd: Lindgren Lecture Friday: Unravelling Starlight
jhanzak at unctv.org
Tue Mar 20 10:40:41 EDT 2012
Here is an email that Margareta sent to me and I am forwarding this on to the listserv.
If you missed Barbara's talks with CHAOS, here is an opportunity to find out what you missed.
Shared Learning Lindgren Lecture
Unravelling Starlight: William and Margaret Huggins and the Rise of the New Astronomy
Barbara Becker, retired lecturer in the History of Science at the University of California, Irvine
Friday (Mar. 23rd) @ 11 a.m. in the MP Room
Celebration Assembly of God Church, corner of Weaver Dairy and Erwin Roads
Just a few generations ago it was assumed that earthbound stargazers could forever wonder what stars were made of, but had no inkling that scientists would ever be able to provide any answers. Today, even preschool children can learn all about the stuff and structure of stars. What changed? How was a subject of whimsical speculation converted into one of scientific certainty?
To provide some insight on these questions, in her talk Becker will introduce William Huggins (1824-1910), a self-taught amateur astronomer who was celebrated in his own lifetime as the "father of astrophysics." She will share new evidence on Huggins's life and career that she gleaned from his unpublished notebooks and correspondence. These documents provide a fresh look at his contributions to the development of astrophysics and shed new light on his collaborative work with his wife, the former Margaret Lindsay Murray.
Lindgren Lectures are open to the public, so please let friends and others know about this lecture who may be interested but are not Shared Learning members.
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