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Jo Marchant: The Human Cosmos - A Secret History of the Stars

Jo Marchant: The Human Cosmos - A Secret History of the Stars

Authors: Jo Marchant

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 19:30-20:30

Venue: MBRL Amphitheatre, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai

Language: English

Session No: 171 

From the dawn of time, humankind has been fascinated by the drama of the night sky: the dazzling display of the constellations, with their multitude of stars; fiery meteors shooting across space; and the moon, marking the passage of time as it waxes and wanes. Now Jo Marchant will take us on an interstellar journey through time, examining humanity’s relationship to the cosmos and its impact on culture itself.

The night sky’s influence on Babylonian scholars, the ancient Greeks and the star maps used by the Polynesians and Western explorers is well-known. But by tracing the stories and connections, Marchant reminds us how the cosmos has provided the spectacular backdrop to the development of art, agriculture, science, religion, politics and more, and that the forces that shape humanity far preceded modern people, and will persist long after we’re gone. Have your mind blown as you discover how deeply humanity is intertwined with the world beyond planet earth.

Jo Marchant is an award-winning journalist and trained scientist with a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology and an MSc in Science Communication. Her books include New York Times bestseller Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body and The Human Cosmos: Civilisation and the Stars.

As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.​
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