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Dr. William Harris - "Galileo, Shakespeare and van Gogh: Creative Reactions to the End of the World"

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Published on Oct 19, 2012

"Galileo, Shakespeare and van Gogh: Creative Reactions to the End of the World"
Dr. William Harris - McMaster University

Four hundred years ago, Galileo made startling discoveries with the new telescope that dramatically changed the course of science and western culture. Modern-day astrophysics has see a flood of equally amazing findings including the discoveries of hundreds of planets around nearby stars; the expanding universe; and giant black holes at the centers of galaxies. This talk will explain how we got here from Galileo's work, and how writers, artists, and thinkers have reacted to these universe-changing events in different ways over the course of history -- a story of exhilaration, fear, depression, awe, and most of all, beauty.

Recorded on: 21/10/2009

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