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Werner Blau Discourse

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18:00 – 19:00 27 May 2014
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Royal Irish Academy
19 Dawson Street
Dublin 2

The date of Hammurabi.

In the 2nd millennium BC Hammurabi became king of Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq, Kuwait, the northeastern section of Syria and parts of Turkey and Iran). The chronology of Mesopotamia in the 2nd Millennium still differ by more than 150 years. This has prevented us from understanding the relationship between climate change and the serve crisis at the end of the Hammurabi dynasty which saw the cities of southern Babylonia abandoned.

This discourse will explore the Venus observations which were first recognized in 1860, the Assyrian eclipse record, the dendrochronology (dating based on the analysis of patterns of tree rings) and the record of a worldwide tree growth anomaly that have contributed to finding the correct dates and help to understand this chapter in history.

Professor Werner Nahm

Studies of physics in Frankfurt and at the Ludwigs Maximilian University Munich 1966-1970. Diploma in physics at Ludwigs Maximilian University Munich 1970, Ph.D. at Bonn University 1972. Postdoc at Bonn University 1972-1975, fellow and staff member of CERN 1976 - 1982. Heisenberg fellow at Bonn University 1982 - 1986. Associate professor at UC Davis 1986 - 1989, full professor at Bonn University 1989 - 2002. Since 2002 senior professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and director of the School of Theoretical Physics. Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, Member (Fellow) of the Royal Society. Awarded 2012 Gothenburg Lise Meitner Prize of TH Chalmers and 2013 Max Planck Medal.

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Organised by: Royal Irish Academy
Contact details: Josephine Crystal
J.Chrystal@ria.ie

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