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MEASURING THE STRETCH FROM THE EARTH TO THE HEAVENS

Date:
Sun 17.10.2021
Sun 16.01.2022
Hour: 15:00-17:00

How big is the universe? And can it really be measured? Georges Lemaître sought answers to this enigma.

Proving a scientific hypothesis requires accurately recording and measuring your observations. And that’s precisely what we’ll do on this remarkable tour of the city centre.

Every third Sunday of the month.

Atrechtcollege © Visit Leuven
Atrechtcollege © Visit Leuven

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Atrechtcollege © Karl Bruninx
Atrechtcollege © Karl Bruninx

Starting from Ferdinand Verbiest’s celestial globe, we’ll trek past the Leuven median line and dive into the city centre. You’ll be regaled with tales of how Medieval customers were confident that the length of cloth or the weight in fish they’d purchased was indeed what they’d ordered – and why. And you’ll find out how they told time in this era without watches or clocks. Along the way, we’ll pay tribute to Lemaître’s predecessors, such as Mercator and Gemma Frisius and his successors – François Englert and Stephen Hawking, among others.

Would you like to find your inner George Lemaître? We finish by helping you discover him through a handful of scientific experiments that you can perform underway.

So many studies and so many measurements ... What has it all been for? Sign up for the ‘Five centuries of Leuven innovation and inventions’ webinar to find out.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

The walk starts at Atrechtcollege.

Tickets

Book your tickets online.
Travelling with a group? No problem! (But please book well in advance.)

Prices

  • Standard ticket: €8

Walk details

  • SUN 17.10
  • SUN 21.11
  • SUN 19.12
  • SUN 16.01

Webinar details

  • THU 18.11 at 8 p.m.
  • THU 13.01 at 8 p.m.

Contact

Visit Leuven
Naamsestraat 3
3000 Leuven
+32 (0)16 20 30 20
visit@leuven.be

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