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Thursday 23rd May 2019

18:30 - 20:00 BST

Dr. J. McKim Malville

The Harmonious Entanglement of Worlds

Kepler believed in an underlying God-given order of the universe, a deep ontological reality, which should be manifest in its mathematical structures. The Third Law gave Kepler quantitative confirmation of his belief that the universe is coherent not capricious. Planets are not absolutely independent of each other but are integrated in a harmonic whole.

This harmony of the planetary system can also be described as the "entanglement" of the planets. The term entanglement is also prominently applied to the world of quantum mechanics, in which items such as an electron does not have an independent existence. The ontology of Kepler will be contrasted with current thinking about alternate ontologies in physics, anthropology and the humanities.

J. McKim Malville

Dr. Malville obtained his BS in physics from Caltech and his PhD in radio astronomy and solar physics from the University of Colorado. His research interests have ranged from the aurora, the interstellar medium, solar physics, and, more recently, archaeoastronomy. In 1997 he was a member of the team that revealed the world's oldest known megalithic astronomy at Nabta Playa near Abu Simbel in southern Egypt. In 2003 he was involved in the rediscovery of Llactapata and its sun temple, previously lost in a cloud forest near Machu Picchu. In 2014 he received the Fourth Carlos Jaschek Award from the European Society for Astronomy in Culture for his work in archaeoastronomy. He is presently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado.

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