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Math Colloquium

Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017

Time: 2:45 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Sanger Science Center: Room 402,
Sanger Center for the Sciences,
700 College St, Beloit, WI 53511

Contact: Erin Munro Krull,

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Please join the Mathematics and Computer Science Department for Math Colloquium. Senior Seamus Delaney will talk on "Keplerian Motion".

Johannes Kepler revolutionized the manner in which people understand the mechanics of outer space. In a time when astronomy was so closely related with religion, Kepler had to find an aesthetic appeal to the scientific and mathematical truths he discovered in order to gain support for his findings from the public. Through geometrical archetypes, Kepler was able to find an aesthetic appeal that was also scientifically accurate. The manner in which Kepler discovered his three laws of planetary motion is different from how we might prove them today. An example of how it might be done today will be talked about in the colloquium as well. Finally, Kepler's laws continue to have important applications today as we continue to make astronomical discoveries.