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Strange Cosmologies

Institute of Physics Scotland Public Talks in Glasgow

Dr Guy Consolmagno explores the history of bizarre ideas about our place in the cosmos.

Join the Institute of Physics in Scotland and the University of Glasgow, School of Physics and Astronomy as we mark International Dark Matter Day with a fascinating talk by Dr Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory.

"The time of Galileo marked a revolution in science, an explosion of new ideas not only of how the universe worked but what sorts of questions were worth asking and what sort of answers might satisfy… including some truly bizarre ideas of what the Earth looked like and how (and why) it was situated in the heavens. We’ll look at some of the more colourful concepts that people espoused at the times… and what that might tell us as we grapple today with strange concepts such as dark matter and dark energy."

Dr Guy Consolmagno is an American research astronomer, Jesuit religious brother, and Director of the Vatican Observatory. He obtained his S.B. (1974) and S.M. (1975) degrees at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. (1978) at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, all in planetary science. In 2014, he was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.


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IOP Scotland
31 Oct 2019 18:30 to 20:00
Lecture Theatre 222
Ashton Lane
G12 8QR
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