NCCU Art Residency Opening Program Ceremony and Lecture

Sailing into the Deep Universes - On Science and Mythology of the Starry Sky
2024.03.27 WED
(三) 18:30-21:00
地點 | 藝文中心2樓 舜文大講堂
Venue | Shun-Wen Auditorium, 2F of NCCU Art & Culture Center

講者:孫維新 教授
Lecturer: Professor Dr. SUN, Wei-Hsin

【 講座簡介 About the Lecture 】


Kant once remarked, "There are two things that, the more we contemplate them, the more they fill the mind with an increasing admiration and reverence: the moral law within us and the starry heavens above us." This splendid celestial expanse has shone over ancient Greece and Babylon, as well as the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods, and the Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang dynasties, inspiring poets and artists to sing praises and compose classic "myths." Scientists, on the other hand, study the celestial bodies in the night sky, hoping to develop "science" that explains the ultimate mysteries of the universe. However, when we look back at history, the descriptions of the universe by our ancestors two thousand years ago, what we today call "myth," was their "science" back then. How do we know that our "science" today will not become the "myth" of tomorrow? In this talk, Professor Sun will discuss the transition from myth to science and back to myth.

【 講者介紹 About the Lecturer 】

孫維新 教授 | Professor Dr. SUN, Wei-Hsin




Professor Sun Wei-Hsin graduated from the National Taiwan University’s Department of Physics in 1979 and earned his Ph.D. in Astronomy from UCLA in 1987. After obtaining his Ph.D., he began his research work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In 1989, he returned to Taiwan to teach at the National Central University, later moving to the National Taiwan University's Department of Physics and Graduate Institute of Astrophysics in 2007. Between 2011 and 2021, he served as the director general of the National Museum of Natural Science.

Professor Sun has long been dedicated to promoting astronomical science education and played a pivotal role in establishing the Lulin Observatory, KenTing Observatory, and a remote-controlled observatory on the Tibetan Plateau, providing excellent observing environments for students and teachers in the field of astronomy. Professor Sun innovated the dissemination of astronomical knowledge and actively promoted public understanding of the science of astronomy and space, making it accessible to the wider community. His efforts have been acknowledged with various awards, such as the "Excellent Teacher Award," "Outstanding Teaching Award," "Special Contribution Award," and "Community Service Award," from the National Central University and the National Taiwan University.

Professor Sun's work also extends to scriptwriting and producing the television series Sail into the Deep Universe, which earned accolades such as the Golden Bell Awards, Golden Tape Award, and Li K. T. Science Program Award. He also authored the popular science book Chatting about the Heavens, which received the Golden Tripod Awards and the Wu Ta-You Foundation‘s Golden Bookmark Award. Moreover, Professor Sun has been a longstanding guest for introducing astronomy at the NEWS98 radio station, enhancing the public scientific literacy. In recognition of his efforts in science popularization, he received the prestigious Heaven Talk Award from The Astronomical Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 2015. In addition, the asteroid 185364 is named "Sunweihsin" in his honor.




NCCU Art Residency Opening Program Ceremony and Lecture
(三) 18:30-21:00 | Wed. 27. Mar. 2024
藝文中心2樓 舜文大講堂
Shun-Wen Auditorium, 2F of NCCU Art & Culture Center
Lecturer: Professor Dr. SUN, Wei-Hsin
Lecture Subject: Sailing into the Deep Universes - On Science and Mythology of the Starry Sky 線上報名 Register