21.10.2014: "The Cosmic Christmas" with Aaron Adair
9. S·I·T·P Köln
Tue, October 21 2014, starts 7:30PM
Herbrandstrasse 21, 50825 Köln
Free admittance, donations welcome.
The talk will be held In english.
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As the holidays are approaching, the most common of the symbols to be displayed in Nativities and elsewhere is the mysterious Star of Bethlehem, the heavenly light that supposedly illuminated the lowly hovel where the newborn Jesus lay. For thousands of years it was considered a miracle, but in recent centuries there have been doubters. And there have been those that have tried to explain this amazing star with science. And sometimes with aliens from another world.
What is a skeptic to make of all this, and what does it say about the nature of science and religion? In this presentation, Dr. Aaron Adair, author of The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View, will discuss astronomy and astrophysics, history and Christian traditions, miracles and rationalizations, and perhaps just a few UFOs. Find out what’s science, what’s history, and what’s myth.
Dr. Aaron Adair is an assistant professor of physics at Merrimack College, having received his PhD in physics education from Ohio State University. His research focuses on physics intuitions and their effects on student learning as well as the history of scientific thought. Besides his scientific research, Dr. Adair writes on history and religion, especially concerning science and Christianity. He is the author of "The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View" and is attending a conference on the subject at the University of Groningen this October (2014).