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Lyceum Society - From the Babylonians to Newton


for Members

Lyceum Society - From the Babylonians to Newton

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Presented by the Lyceum Society


The Lyceum Society is comprised of the Academy's retired and semi-retired members. Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome. All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches. Brown Bag: 11:30 am; Brief-Brief: 12:00pm; Lecture & Discussion: 1pm to 3 pm.

Brief-Brief Presentation

The Fate of the Library at Alexandria

John Snygg

Main Presentation

From the Babylonians to Newton: The Evolution of Exact Science in Geography and Astronomy

Joel Kirman

The presentation will cover the range of activity of thinkers and do-ers that led to our scientific world view: Babylonian observations and record keeping; Greek mathematics and science; continuity in the early Arab world, Medieval universities; and such personages as Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Galileo, Halley and Newton. It will begin with a short review of the Astronomy of the Solar System.

Joel Kirman is the Secretary of the Lyceum Society and had been past Chair of the Engineering Section of The NYAS. He received his Bachelor’s degree from CCNY and his Master’s degree from CUNY: both in Chemical Engineering. He was a Process Manager in the design of Petrochemical plants and was a specialist in the heating and processing of fluids at very high temperatures. He taught The History of Invention at the New School. He has lectured at the Lyceum Society on the following topics: Materials of Art; The Development of Petroleum Processing and Catalytic Cracking; Evolution of Radio; The Technology of Attic Red and Black Figure Ware; The Development of the Integrated Circuit and the Chip.

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