Professor Don Kurtz
Visiting Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Lincoln, UK
Friday, 25 March 2022
Days, Weeks, Months, Years and more: an amusing and informative tour of the Western calendar. 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 how the days of the week got their names, why “30 days hath September …”, why the UK tax year starts on the odd date of 6 April, and on which Christmas Day Newton was born. The day, month and year are probably not what you think they are, and they no longer govern the GPS time on your phone. Come find out how we measure time’s passage.
This is our 9th Astro-Chat with our distinguished guest Professor Don Kurtz. The session will include a brief illustrated introduction followed by questions and answers. Members of the public will be able to ask questions in the live-chat. The event is hosted by Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky, Head of the School of Maths & Physics at the University of Lincoln, UK.