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This edition: The Origin of Modern Astronomy

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This video outlines the solution to one of the oldest problems in science, the problem of the motions of the planets. The early Greeks in the time of Pythagoras (~50 BC) were the first in recorded history to speculate on the motions of the planets. Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity (1915) and the recent mathematics of chaos (not included in this series) are the latest theoretical contributions to the solution. The video covers an introduction to theories and discoveries of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Einstein.