Distinguished Maths & Physics Public Lectures

Dali, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City

It’s About Time!

a public lecture by

Professor Don Kurtz

Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

Friday, 8 November 2019,

6:00-7:20 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre  INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

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Days, Weeks, Months, Years and more:  Hear about Roman Emperors, Zulu Wars, Rider Haggard, Thomas Hardy, the English time riots, and how the days of the week got their names in an amusing and informative tour of the Western calendar. Astronomers have designed calendars in societies through history, but calendar reform in western cultures has been driven by the needs of priests to set important religious holidays. In this talk you will learn how the now-International Gregorian calendar grew out of the earlier Julian Calendar, which was itself a refinement of the Roman Republican calendar. You will also learn why “30 days hath September …”, why the UK tax…

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