RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.
7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker
Music of the Spheres: Astronomers as Musicians & Musicians as Astronomers
The interrelationship between music and astronomy goes back at least as far as cosmologies of the 6th century BC, orderings of knowledge, and educational norms in the “west”. Stronger in some periods than others, stranger in its details, and occasionally entertaining in its manifestations, the relationship has never entirely attenuated. This talk will introduce the theoretical underpinnings, the cultural practices, and some of the astronomers who made music, and the musicians who did astronomy. The talk will be illustrated with live musical examples.
About R.A. Rosenfeld:
R.A. Rosenfeld is the Archivist of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, a position he has held since its creation in 2008. Since 2008 he has published over forty articles on various astronomical artifacts (with a particular interest in the graphic records of observations and how they were made) in a variety of journals. He is a contributor to the second edition of Springer’s Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers (2014). In 2012 he was the recipient of the RASC’s Simon Newcomb Award, and the RASC’s President’s Award, the IAU named Asteroid 283990 Randallrosenfeld (2004 SG2) in his honour. He has twice won high standing in the Annual Griffith Observer Writing Contest (2008 & 2013). He is a member of the Heritage Committee of the Canadian Astronomical Society/Société Canadienne d’Astronomie (CASCA), and is a member of several professional early-music ensembles.