by Jim Nintzel
The UA College of Science kicks off its Cosmic Origins spring lecture series tonight at Centennial Hall with Guy Consolmagno of the Vatican Observatory discussing "Cosmology: Making Sense of the Universe."
A quick description:
Our "cosmology" is the sum of our assumptions and deductions of how the universe behaves. With the advent of modern physics, the term has been appropriated by physicists and astronomers to represent a scientific description of the origin and nature of the physical universe. But cosmologies can also be outlined in ways that don't use physics and astronomy. Indeed, there is continual feedback between prevailing nonscientific assumptions about the universe and the scientific picture, with each influencing the direction of the other. We'll look at a series of historical cosmologies, and discuss the sometimes hidden assumptions that underlie modern astronomy.
Shain Bergan tells us more about the series here. Last year's Mind and Brain series was phenomenal. We recommend you get out of the house for this.
More on the series here.