Annual Joint BSHM / Gresham College Lecture

Gresham College, Barnards Inn Hall, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH
Monday 2 November 2009, 6pm (Reception with Rhenish wine and mackaroons from 5:30pm)

Professsor Jeremy Gray (Open University and the University of Warwick): Mathematics, motion, and truth: the Earth goes round the Sun

Abstract: The reality of the Earth's motion, as proclaimed by Copernicus, quickly proved contentious. Accepted by Kepler, disputed by theologians (Lutheran and Catholic alike), veiled in suggestions of mere convenience, adopted and explained by Newton as a consequence of universal gravitation, parent of the notion of force - What is involved in accepting as true that the Earth goes round the Sun? This lecture traces these debates from the early 1600s to the time of Poincaré.

This lecture is free and there is no need to register, but early arrival is recommended.

Further information will be available in due course on the Gresham College website.


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