23 May 2017
Rare Bites is a series of informal and entertaining 30 minute lunchtime talks held monthly during semester in 2017 and beyond.
In our final session in Semester 1 we welcome Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Julius Sumner Miller Fellow; University of Sydney.
Isaac Newton’s Principia (First Edition, 1687)
Isaac Newton was one of the greatest scientists of all time and this copy of Principia is one of four annotated copies with various annotations, including textual corrections by Newton himself. Newton revolutionised our thinking in so many different fields of science. (However, the majority of his intellectual work was spent on biblical matters. He was also Master of the Mint, and used his fearsome intellect to both foil and convict counterfeiters.) He lifted our understanding of Gravity from ‘Gravity sux’ to a deep mathematical understanding. As a result, in order to explore the outer solar system, we humans have shoved Jupiter (slightly) out of its orbit.
Speaker Bio: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures with a media career spanning more than 30 years. He has authored 40 books to date with more on the way. His accolades range from the Ig Nobel Prize from Harvard University for his ground-breaking research into belly button fluff and why it is almost always blue, to being one of the first Australian Apple Masters, of which there are only 100 worldwide.
A lifetime student, Karl has earned degrees in Physics and Maths, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery. Since 1995, he has been the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University, where his ‘mission’ is to spread the good word about science and its benefits.
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