May 07 2009

400 Years of the Telescope

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At our next meeting, on 8 May, Ian Crumpton talks about the telescope’s role in changing our perceptions of our place in the scheme of things.

“It is now 125 years since Charles Darwin in the book “the origin of species” began to get an idea for the first time of the true dimensions of the evolution of life on our little planet; it is exactly 60 years ago, that E Hubble was able to show for the first time with certainty, that the Andromeda cloud was another milky way, which like ours, consists of about 100 billion stars. We know today that there may be about 100 billion such galaxies in the universe – an enormous arrangement that would have to leave
humans just as dumb, shocked and wondering as the divine appearance in the book of Job (38-41) left the litigating just man, the one who was almost going under at the supposed injustice of the world.” Eugen Drewermann

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