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Measuring the Earth

Measuring the Earth

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  • Wed 3 May ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 10 May ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 17 May ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 24 May ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 31 May ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $165.00
  • Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee: $132.00
  • Early Bird fee (only valid till 19 April): $148.50

Measuring the Earth: Classical calculations about world's size and shape.

Around 250 BCE, Eratosthenes accurately calculated the circumference of the Earth, for the first time in history. This was a famous achievement, even then. What exactly did he do, why, and what was the impact of his discovery? Did he have competitors, and were there flat-earthers? This course introduces you to these historical problems and context.

Target audience:
This course is for anyone interested in the history of science and philosophy or in Greco-Roman antiquity.

By the end of this course, you will have:
- Gained an understanding of the people, events and technical problems involved in ancient thinking about the size and shape of the Earth
- Gained an appreciation of and discussed the difficulties created by the nature of our evidence.

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