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Amongst all his astronomical allusions, Shakespeare demonstrates a deep knowledge of the night sky and its movements.  Although he gives the conventional view of his age that astronomical events offer portents for human affairs, his characters sometimes take a sceptical view, and there are hints that he was aware of the new Copernican world-view that was taking hold during his lifetime. The lecture will be illustrated with quotations from Shakespeare’s plays. This lecture also marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616.

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This event was on Wed, 30 Nov 2016


Professor Michael Rowan-Robinson

Professor of Astronomy

Professor Michael Rowan-Robinson is a British Astronomer who works on infrared Astronomy and Cosmology. He was Gresham Professor of Astronomy from 1981–1982.

From 1993 to 2007...

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