Event Detail

Event Type: 
Graduate Student Summer Seminar
Date/Time: 
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 14:30 to 15:30
Location: 
Kidder 364

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Abstract: 

Using eclipse events and the geometry of triangles, the ancient Greeks were able to measure the size of and distance to both the moon and the sun with surprising accuracy. In this
presentation participants will learn how the Greeks were able to make such astounding measurements, and will leave with the tools to make such measurements themselves. [This is a practice talk for a series of public lectures I am giving in August. The material is accessible to a general audience.]