Personal Perceptions of Astronomy and African Astronomy

Image credit: NASA
Image credit: NASA

Some of the earliest thoughts that I can remember extend back to my questions about space and what lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Ever since learning the existence of space I have always struggled with the concept that universe cannot be contained but yet still continuously expands into something else that we can not even observe. In my opinion, the ideas behind astronomy such as the big bang theory required an aspect of human creativity to discover and comprehend.

As a student, I have primarily focused on the three major physical sciences growing up, which definitely adds to my bias when studying the African Cosmos. That being said, I do believe that most theories, science cannot explain all aspects of the universe. After all, science itself is based on the principal of the “scientific theory” which implies the idea of a continual growth and change of information based off of new discoveries. For example, we can examine the contradiction which arises between classic Newtonian physics and quantum mechanics. Widely accepted, Newtonian physics has been the foundation of many aspects of modern day science. A bit more recently, research in quantum mechanics have also proven to answer many of the questions we were previously unable to comprehend. When looking at the universe, both theories can be used to explain certain phenomena; however, the calculations of these different theories can come to contradict each other. One of the purposes of this blog will be to highlight these contradictions with the new discoveries made in modern day scientific advancements.

As far as actual knowledge in astronomy, it is the least known topic that I have in science. I believe that learning from such a basic level as well as comparing my knowledge to what African cultural astronomy believed will help enhance the link between the creative liberal arts and the scientific side of modern discoveries. There is still much to learn about the universe, and the more we can discover, the faster we will be able to reap the benefits of knowledge.

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