Oct 30, 2016
In part 2 of our biography of Johannes Kepler we look at the mathematician and astronomer's time in Graz and with Tycho Brahe in Prague. We specifically look at Kepler's role in the conflict between Brahe and Nicolas Reimars Bar (aka, Ursus).
Oct 23, 2016
Part 1 of our biography of of Johannes Kepler covering his early life from his seminary schooling to his time in Graz.
Oct 16, 2016
This week we dock in Venice for a questions and answers episode wherein I talk about podcasting, understanding quantum mechanics, the origin of the universe, and the evidence for human activity causing climate change. Also address questions about how doing the podcast has affected my teaching and where some of...
Oct 9, 2016
A discussion of the astronomical observation of Galileo Galilei and the escalating conflict with the Aristotelian Scholastics that dominated the Italian universities in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Specifically, we discuss the 1604 nova and Galileo's telescopic observations of 1609 including those of...
Oct 2, 2016
This week we take a look at the early life and work of Tuscan natural philosopher and engineer, Galileo Galilee. We examine his investigations on motion, specifically falling bodies, that will lead him into the initial stages of conflict with the Aristotelian natural philosophers of the Scholastic universities...