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Friday September 26: The Science of Shakespeare

The September 26 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the Science of Shakespeare.  The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free.

Dan Falk - Shakespeare Science

Speaker: Dan Falk

 

William Shakespeare lived at a time when the medieval world — a world of magic, astrology, witchcraft, and superstition of all kinds — was just beginning to give way to more modern ways of thinking. The methodical Galileo, the skeptical Montaigne, the daring Copernicus: these and other bold thinkers were putting forth new ideas about the human body, the earth, and the universe at large — ideas that would soon transform Western thought. Shakespeare was not a scientist — the word did not even exist at the time — but a handful of scholars are now examining Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time: what he knew, when he knew it, and how he incorporated that knowledge into his work.

Fascinated by science and intrigued by history, Dan Falk explores the connections between Shakespeare’s plays and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution and how, together, they changed the world. While Shakespeare was not the Carl Sagan of the Elizabethan Age, his plays reveal that he was conscious of the changing conception of the cosmos and that his observations of human nature were as revolutionary as those of the astronomers who studied the night sky.

Dan Falk is a science journalist, author, and broadcaster. His books include In Search of Time: Journeys along a Curious Dimension and Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything, winner of the 2002 Science in Society Journalism Award. He has written for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist; he has also been a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s Ideas. Falk recently completed a prestigious Knight Journalism Fellowship at MIT, where he undertook much of the research for this book.

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of theDavis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator,follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.Directions to UTM.

Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!

Collaborating in Astrophotography, Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn

Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn photo
Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn

Friday, October 25
8:00 – 10:00 PM

Speaker: Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn

Collaborating in Astrophotography

Abstract: Astrophotography is one of the fastest growing aspects of astronomy. Often though, it can be a very daunting and solitary hobby with a steep learning curve. Collaborating in astrophotography can have many benefits at any skill level. It can result in the creation of an image that is far superior than what one could create on their own, it accelerates the learning process and can make the hobby less solitary and therefore more enjoyable. In this talk, Kerry-Ann will discuss the various aspects of “teamwork” in astrophotography – from getting started, working with your partner effectively, and producing the final image.

Bio: Kerry-Ann’s interest in astronomy started from a fairly young age. After getting her first telescope at the age of 11 and then her first serious film camera as a teenager she began to think of the possibilities of astrophotography. Over the course of more than 15 years she dabbled in it but it wasn’t until the beginning of 2007 that she started to make some huge leaps in the hobby. Her work has won awards and has been featured in calendars, magazines, books and online publications such as Sky News POW and NASA APOD. While enjoying this intensive hobby, Kerry-Ann lives in Grimsby with her husband and two little girls. She works for The Weather Network as a senior meteorologist. To see her astrophotos visit www.weatherandsky.com

All of our meetings at UTM are free and open to everyone. Join us at 8:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building.

Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre on the south side of the Davis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

After the meeting, join us at a local establishment  for more fun.