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Graduate Student Seminar - 4/5/2019

"And Yet It Does Not Move: A Reconsideration of the Geocentric Model of the Universe"

by Linus Feder

Advisor:  Professor Howard Milchberg

Friday, April 5, 2019 -- 12:00 p.m.
Large Conference Room, 1207 Energy Research Facility

Abstract: Recently, the heliocentric model of the solar system, in which the planets revolve in elliptical orbits around the Sun has gained popularity. However, the geocentric model, wherein the planets, the Sun and the other stars revolve in circular orbits around the motionless Earth been reasonably successful in matching astronomical observations since it was described in Ptolemy's Almagest (150 A.D.). Given the recent scientific controversy on the danger of vaccines, the existence of global warming and the validity of the theory of evolution, now seems an appropriate time to re-examine some of widely held "theories" in the physical sciences. This talk will review the important features of both models, with special attention paid to the original theory of Ptolemy, and the more recent competing theories of Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton.

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