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Yesterday's Paradigm is Tomorrow's Wooden Nickel: The Fate of Major Astronomical Questions and Ideas

Presented by: Virginia Trimble  (University of California, Irvine)
Category: Special Interest   Duration: 1 hour   Broadcast date: May 29, 2008
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Virginia Trimble discusses the history of astronomy and the fate of major astronomical ideas and questions as science progresses in this Meridian speech. Professor Trimble received her B.A. from UCLA in 1964 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology in 1965 and 1968 respectively. She joined the UCI faculty in 1971, after a year's teaching at Smith College and two postdoctoral fellowship years at Cambridge University (M.A. 1969). She received the 1986 National Academy of Sciences Award for scientific reviewing and currently serves as Vice President of the International Astronomical Union; Vice President of the American Astronomical Society and Chair of its Historical Astronomy Division; and Member of the Executive Board of the American Physical Society and Chair-elect of its Division of Astrophysics.