2012, Week 22
Audio (MP3, 53Mb)
The Great Debate, Part II: How Mistakes Can Correct Each Other
Presenter: Dr. Giuseppe Longo
Department of Physics, University of Napoli Federico III
In this second talk, Dr. Longo describes what happened during the Galaxy Debate, when the two champions of the prevailing schools of thought presented.
First presented in Second Life in February, 2011.
Questions and comments can be posted on the discussion thread on Starship Asterisk; Dr. Longo will answer a selection of questions posted by June 3, 2012.
PDF of slides (1.6Mb)
Files also available here: http://www.mica-vw.org/wiki/index.php/The_Great_Debate:_How_Mistakes_Can_Correct_Each_Other,_Part_2
The 1920 Shapley-Curtis Discussion: Background, Issues, and Aftermath by Virginia Trimble
The ‘Great Debate’: What Really Happened by Michael A. Hoskin, Editor, Journal for the History of Astronomy
‘Great Debate’ Review and History by Robert J. Nemiroff and Jerry T. Bonnell
Wikipedia article about The Great Debate
Other debates in astronomy