Hamilton Amateur Astronomers: The Science of Shakespeare

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time – a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution – and yet “Shakespeare” and “science” are rarely uttered in the same breath. But as award-winning journalist Dan Falk has found, a reassessment is at hand. In this illustrated talk, Falk will explore Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time, with a particular focus on the changing conceptions of the cosmos, from Aristotle to Copernicus and Galileo.

Our speaker this evening will be Dan Falk
Dan Falk is a journalist and author with a particular interest in science, especially physics and astronomy. His freelance writing credits include Smithsonian, New Scientist,Scientific American, Astronomy,Sky & Telescope, Quanta, Aeon, Slate, and many other publications. The Science of Shakespeareis his third book; his two previous books are In Search of Time andUniverse on a T-Shirt. He’s been a regular contributor to CBC Radio, especially the program “Ideas,” and has won several international awards for his radio documentaries. He also hosts a podcast called BookLab, which reviews popular science books. Falk was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2011, and this fall he was an Ingenuity Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He lives in Toronto.

Non-members are welcome
Non-members are welcome to join us at our general meeting events to see what we’re all about. You’ll find a club full of enthusiastic amateur astronomers passionate about this fascinating science and hobby. We’re confident you’ll want to become a member of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and join us in exploring this fascinating hobby.

Door Prizes
There will be a draw for door prizes at the meeting and a free door prize ticket to all who arrive before the 7:30 start time!

Food Share Donations
Donations of non-perishable food for the Hamilton Food Share program will be collected at this meeting. Please drop off any items at the drop-box located near the entrance of the auditorium. All donations gratefully accepted and thanks to your generosity we’ve collected thousands of pounds of food since we began. Let’s keep up the great work as the need continues.

Become a member
Becoming a member of the HAA opens up new opportunities to take your love of astronomy further! Members have access to our star nights at the Binbrook Conservation Area, our telescope loaner program, social events such as our Cosmology Discussion Group, and more!

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Reservations: Not required
Organized by: Hamilton Amateur Astronomers
Location: The Hamilton Spectator, 44 Frid Street, Hamilton, ON  L8N 3G3 (near the junction of Highway 403 and Main St. West)