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Beneath the Night: How the Stars have shaped the History of Humankind

Beneath the Night: How the Stars Have Shaped the History of Humankind

Since the dawn of human beings, it appears that we have looked up in wonder  at the stars. This talk investigates that enduring fascination and the way it has shaped science and culture. From Stone Age to space age, people have looked up at the stars and been inspired by their beauty, their patterns, and their majesty. Beneath the Night is a history of humanity, told through our relationship with the night sky. From prehistoric cave art and Ancient Egyptian zodiacs to the modern era of satellites and space exploration, Stuart Clark explores a fascination shared across the world and throughout millennia. It is one that has shaped our scientific understanding; helped us navigate the terrestrial world; provided inspiration for our poets, artists and philosophers; and it has given us a place to project our hopes and fears. This is the awe-inspiring story of the universe, and our place within it. 

Dr Stuart Clark is an astronomer and award-winning science writer for the Guardian, New Scientist, BBC Focus and many other publications. He is writer and presenter of the Music of the Spheres series for BBC Radio 3 and author of several works of non-fiction and fiction, which have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He holds a first class honours degree and a PhD in astrophysics. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, former Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers and a consultant for the European Space Agency. In September 2021, the University of Hertfordshire will award him an honorary Doctor of Science degree for services to astronomy and the public understanding of science.

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Organised By
IOP London and South East Branch
Date/Time
06 Oct 2021 19:00 to 20:00
Location
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL10 9AB
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