Speaker Name(s): William E. Harris, Ph.D., F.R.S.C.
Description: Four hundred years ago, Galileo's discoveries revolutionized our view of space and brought an end to the old, Earth-centred view of the world. Ever since then, the vistas revealed by astronomy and cosmology have provoked our sense of wonder like nothing else can do. What is out there? What is our place in an incomprehensibly huge universe? These questions have deeply affected writers and artists as well as scientists, and the incredibly diverse ways they have responded are a tribute to human creativity. This talk is a journey through the strikingly different ways that artists and writers have responded to what we have learned about the universe beyond the Earth.