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Cosmic Africa

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Event video

January
302006

18:30 - 19:30

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

 

Dr Thebe Medupe, South African Astronomical Observatory
 
In a journey that has stretched from the coastline of Namibia to the steamy jungles of Ghana, across crocodile infested lakes and the deserts of Northern Kenya, the cliff-side dwellings of the Dogon in Mali and onto the mysterious archaeological sites of the Egyptian Sahara, this lecture explores Africa's ancient astronomical history.
 
By shedding new light on traditional African astronomy, and in turn global understanding of the world's oldest science, acclaimed African astronomer, Dr Thebe Medupe of the South African Astronomical Observatory, will look at celestial beliefs from different parts of the African continent and how some of these ancient African perceptions link with current scientific knowledge.

 

Cosmic Africa The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK