Thursday, April 20, 2017 7:30pm
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Mapping the Heavens a talk by Priyamvada Natarajan of Yale University
Free and open to the public.
From time immemorial humans have been charting the night sky and trying to make sense of it, and contemplating their place in the cosmos. Natarajan will recount the evolution of celestial map-making and show how maps literally track our ever-evolving cosmic view, tracing our understanding of the universe, its contents and its evolution. She also will talk about recent developments in our understanding of two invisible entities: dark matter and black holes.Priyamvada Natarajan is a professor of physics & astronomy at Yale University and author of “Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos.”