AstroDimers sam smiley and Gina Kamentsky just got back from Bogotá Colombia, where we were doing research and video interviews about science and technology in Colombia. We learned even more than we thought possible.
We went to the Museo de Caldas and learned that one of the first scientific journals on the continent was published in the early 1800’s in Bogotá (which was then called Nueva Granada) The periodical was called “El Semanario de la Nueva Granada”.
We visited a hospital and sanatorium museum in Bogotá, we toured the Observatorio Astronomico (built in 1804) in Bogota, we went to an ancient Muisca Observatory (note: it was called by the Spanish, El Infiernito, whether because of the heat, or the large phallus shaped rocks, I dont’ know) We interviewed biologist Brigitte Luis Guillermo Baptist at the Humbolt Institute for Biodiversity, and we saw the beautiful metallurgical craftings of the Muisca at the Museo del Oro. Oh and a lot more happened.
But to be honest, pictures say it better than words so here are a few images from our trip.