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ILOA Galaxy Forum SEA 2014 -- Abel Yang NUS

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ILOA is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to advance human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon, and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out. The ILOA co-sponsors with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to advance 21st Century Education. Galaxy Forums, designed to provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise, are held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe, Africa, Brazil, Chile, Southeast Asia, Kansas and New York. Current plans are for expansion to Antarctica in 2014. For more information visit www.iloa.org.

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ILOA Galaxy Forum SEA 2014 -- Abel Yang NUS

  1. 1. Why Study Astronomy
  2. 2. Why Study Astronomy? • Research • Teaching • Industry
  3. 3. Why Study Astronomy? • Research • Ponder the secrets of the Universe • Teaching • Industry
  4. 4. Why Study Astronomy? • Research • Ponder the secrets of the Universe • Teaching • Know your place in the Universe • Industry
  5. 5. Why Study Astronomy? • Research • Ponder the secrets of the Universe • Teaching • Know your place in the Universe • Industry • What else can you do?
  6. 6. Historical Perspectives
  7. 7. Historical Perspectives • Timekeeping • Navigation • Education
  8. 8. Historical Perspectives • Timekeeping • When to plant and when to harvest • Navigation • Education
  9. 9. Historical Perspectives • Timekeeping • When to plant and when to harvest • Navigation • Where are you at sea? • Education
  10. 10. Historical Perspectives • Timekeeping • When to plant and when to harvest • Navigation • Where are you at sea? • Education • Quantitative reasoning
  11. 11. Numbers, Movement, Space • Medieval times • Tycho, Kepler and Newton • Modern Approach
  12. 12. Numbers, Movement, Space • Medieval times • Predict the planets, moving through space • Tycho, Kepler and Newton • Modern Approach
  13. 13. Numbers, Movement, Space • Medieval times • Predict the planets, moving through space • Tycho, Kepler and Newton • Beginnings of the Scientific method • Modern Approach
  14. 14. Numbers, Movement, Space • Medieval times • Predict the planets, moving through space • Tycho, Kepler and Newton • Beginnings of the Scientific method • Modern Approach • Big Data
  15. 15. What can you do? • Why study astronomy?
  16. 16. What can you do? • Why study astronomy? • Quantitative reasoning skills • Technology development
  17. 17. What can you do? • Why study astronomy? • Quantitative reasoning skills • Technology development • Why don’t we go straight to it?
  18. 18. What can you do? • Why study astronomy? • Quantitative reasoning skills • Technology development • Why don’t we go straight to it? • Problems aren’t so simple...
  19. 19. What can you do? • Why study astronomy? • Quantitative reasoning skills • Technology development • Why don’t we go straight to it? • Problems aren’t so simple... • Be Versatile! • Astronomy is an interdisciplinary approach that makes you look at the big picture
  20. 20. “Your degree is not a proxy for your ability to do any job. The world only cares about – and pays off on – what you can do with what you know (and it doesn’t care how you learned it).” Thomas Friedman, The New York Times
  21. 21. Your Challenge • Go ahead, study astrophysics. • Learn to be versatile with useful skills • Bring that knowledge from the sky back to the earth
  22. 22. Your Challenge • Go ahead, study astrophysics. • Learn to be versatile with useful skills • Bring that knowledge from the sky back to the earth • Know your place in the universe. • Astronomy provides us with a humbling view of the universe
  23. 23. Astronomy teaches us to look out. Looking out is more than just looking up.

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