Johnson County Science Café : September 9th

History of Early Astronomy – Ptolemy through Newton

Speakers: Lario Yerino, Chemistry and Physics teacher, Liberty North High School

Date: September 9, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Coaches Bar and Grill, 9089 W. 135th Street, one block west of 135th and Antioch, south side of 135th St.

Starting with the Earth-centered solar system of Ptolemy we will look at the events that led to the acceptance of the Sun-centered solar system through photographs of rare books from Linda Hall Library’s Rare Book collection. The Linda Hall Library is the world’s foremost independent research library devoted to science, engineering and technology. In 1947, the purchase of the entire library of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences provided the foundation of a rare book and reference collection to support research in the history of science and technology. Among other holdings are: Nicolaus Copernicus, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (Nuremberg, 1543), Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton, Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (London, 1687). Photographs from books such as these, found here in Kansas City, will be used to tell this story.

Lario Yerino has loved science since he was very young. His interests include chemistry, physics, astronomy (he built his own telescope that stands 8 feet tall with a 20-inch mirror), electronic circuit design, and geology. Trained as a synthetic organic chemist he worked as a research and industrial chemist for 11 years. Lario left the chemical industry to pursue teaching chemistry and physics and is currently at Liberty North High School in Liberty, MO. “The various fields of science are a continuum, with one field overlapping into the next. To me it is beautiful picture. I love to share that picture with my students… I want them to see the world through my eyes.” Come and share Lario’s vision yourself.

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