Friends of the RAS only: New Lessons from Old Books

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FRIENDS ONLY EVENT: Thursday, 25th February, 6 pm
New lessons from old books
Dr Rafal Szepietowski Every great book from the past has a story to tell, through its drawings, diagrams and as a material object - much can be learned by simply viewing them. In this lecture and the accompanying visit to RAS library you will have a chance to see some of the great astronomical works published in the XVII century and before. We will try to learn from them but no Latin required! During the event we will visit a library of a medieval astronomer - take a more nuanced look at the Galileo affair, and experience the new visual astronomy that followed from the discovery of the telescope. Dr Rafal Szepietowski is a cosmologist working on weak gravitational lensing, dark matter, and dark energy. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, he went on to do a PhD at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, and later worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester. He is also a member of the Academic Committee for Curriculum and Development at Benedictus Trust - a liberal arts institution based in London. Places are limited to 25 Friends for this event, please advise the RAS office by Monday, 15th February if you would like to attend.