Free Powerpoint Presentations

The History of Astronomy
Page
1

DOWNLOAD

WATCH ALL SLIDES

Slide 1

The History of Astronomy

The History of Astronomy

Please pick up your assigned transmitter.

Slide 2

When did mankind first become interested in the science of astronomy?

When did mankind first become interested in the science of astronomy?

With the advent of modern computer technology (mid-2th century)

With the development of the theory of relativity (early 2th century)

With the invention of the telescope (~ A.D. 16)

During the times of the ancient greeks (~ 4 3 B.C.)

In the stone and bronze ages (several thousand years B.C.)

Slide 3

The Roots of Astronomy

The Roots of Astronomy

Already in the stone and bronze ages, human cultures realized the cyclic nature of motions in the sky.

Monuments dating back to ~ 3 B.C. show alignments with astronomical significance.

Those monuments were probably used as calendars or even to predict eclipses.

Slide 4

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Slide 5

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Constructed 3 18 B.C. in Great Britain

Alignments with locations of sunset, sunrise, moonset and moonrise at summer and winter solstices

Probably used as calendar.

Slide 6

Other Examples around the World

Other Examples around the World

Big Horn Medicine Wheel (Wyoming)

Slide 7

Other Examples around the World

Other Examples around the World

Caracol (Mexico); Maya culture, approx. A.D. 1

Slide 8

Why is it so difficult to find out about the state of astronomical knowledge of bronze-age civilizations?

Why is it so difficult to find out about the state of astronomical knowledge of bronze-age civilizations?

Written documents from that time are in a language that we dont understand.

There are no written documents documents from that time.

Different written documents about their astronomical knowledge often contradict each other.

Due to the Earths precession, they had a completely different view of the sky than we have today.

They didnt have any astronomical knowledge at all.

Slide 9

Ancient Greek Astronomers

Ancient Greek Astronomers

Models were based on unproven first principles, believed to be obvious and were not questioned:

1. Geocentric Universe: The Earth is at the Center of the Universe.

2. Perfect Heavens: The motions of all celestial bodies can be described by motions involving objects of perfect shape, i.e., spheres or circles.

Slide 1

Go to page:
 1  2  3  4  5 

Contents

Last added presentations

2010-2018 powerpoint presentations