The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Lunchtime Lecture Series: Establishing the Nature of our Earth

Hans Mark, Lecture 1

Thu, March 26, 2015 | PHR 2.114

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Exploring the Earth and the Cosmos: A Study of Western Civilization

This series of four lectures is intended to describe how knowledge of the nature of the Cosmos and the Earth was developed. The lectures highlight the activities of early Greek philosophers and scientists and then describe the work of early explorers and navigators who made the first accurate maps of the world. The watershed invention of calculus by Isaac Newton and Wilhelm Gottfried Leibnitz was almost immediately followed by the start in 1750 of the first industrial revolution. In the nineteenth century the development of mechanical and electrical technology laid the groundwork for what has happened in the twentieth century. The development of the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics in the early years of the century created the conditions to begin the exploration by human beings of the Solar System and the Cosmos itself. What is interesting and also controversial is that the insights and inventions described in these lectures were developed and made mostly by people of European descent. 

Hans Mark – Former professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.   

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