Predicting the Future from the Stars

David Benqué on 2017-09-18

I recorded this interview with Dr. Roberto Trotta at Imperial College London on 18.09.2017. It was aired as part of the Very Very Far Away pop-up radio station at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 23/24.09.2017.

Here are some of the references mentioned:

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Davenport, T. H. and Patil, D. J. (2012) ‘Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century’, Harvard Business Review, October. link

"the best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone's backyard" John Tukey cited in:
O'Neil, C. and Schutt, R. (2013) Doing Data Science. O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Stanley, M. (2013) ‘Where Is That Moon, Anyway? The Problem of Interpreting Historical Solar Eclipse Observations’, in Raw Data Is an Oxymoron. MIT Press, pp. 77–88.

Espenak, F. and Meeus, J. (2006) Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000 (2000 BCE to 3000 CE). NASA. link

Divination is "any ritual and its associated tradition performed in order to ask a more-than-human intelligence for guidance"
Curry, P. (2016) Divination; Perspectives for a New Millennium. Routledge.

Levinovitz, A. J. (2016) How economists rode maths to become our era’s astrologers, Aeon Magazine. Edited by S. Haselby, 4 April. link

James, R. (2015) Cloudy Logic, The New Inquiry, 27 January. link