Clay–Mahler public lecture, QUT, Brisbane

Name:Clay–Mahler public lecture, QUT, Brisbane
Calendar:1-day meetings & lectures
When:Tue, September 8, 2009, 6:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2009, 4:00 pm

Clay MI logoThe Mahler lectures are a biennial activity organised by the Australian Mathematical Society. In 2009 we have partnered with the Clay Mathematical Institute to combine the Mahler Lectures and the Clay Lectures into the 2009 Clay–Mahler Lecture Tour, with funding also from the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute.


  • Tues. 8th, in Gardens theatre, Queensland University of Technology at 6:00pm; public lecture by Terence Tao (UCLA): Cosmic Distance Ladder.

QUT logoThis event is free, but registration is required via the RSVP form.

Abstract: Cosmic Distance Ladder

How do we know the distances from the earth to the sun and moon, from the sun to the other planets, and from the sun to other stars and distant galaxies? Clearly we cannot measure these directly. Nevertheless there are many indirect methods of measurement, combined with basic high-school mathematics, which can allow one to get quite convincing and accurate results without the need for advanced technology (for instance, even the ancient Greeks could compute the distances from the earth to the sun and moon to moderate accuracy). These methods rely on climbing a cosmic distance ladder, using measurements of nearby distances to then deduce estimates on distances slightly further away; we shall discuss several of the rungs in this ladder in this talk.

Location:Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus Map
Created:03 Aug 2009 07:12 am UTC
Modified:06 Sep 2009 11:11 pm UTC
Updated: 06 Sep 2009