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1. Harry Jamieson: In Search of an Historian

2. Conference Announcement: 
   Journees Systemes de Reference Spatio-Temporels.
   Two centuries of evolution of "Systeme du Monde". Homage to Laplace

3. Bart Fried:
   Conference Announcement: Antique Telecope Society Annual Convention

4. Conference Announcement: Humanizing the Medieval Sciences

5. DISPUTATIO: An International Transdisciplinary Journal of the
   Late Middle Ages. Call for Papers

6. Tagungen 1996/97

Danksagung

Impressum

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In Search of an Historian
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By Harry Jamieson, USA


The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers is an international group
of amateur and professional astronomers (membership, about 650) devoted to
solar system astronomy.

Having Clyde Tombaugh as a founding (and current!) member is only one of
the many reasons why we have become interested in forming an Historical
Section. We would like to find someone to work with us in forming such a
Section and running it for us. As an amateur organization, all of our
staff positions are unpaid, but we are hoping to find someone with a
strong interest in working with a group of enthusiastic amateurs.  

Interested persons can find out more about our organization by writing to
me or visting our home page at http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/alpo/.


Editor's Note: Harry Jamieson is the Executive Director of the Association
of Lunar and Planetary Observers. His E-mail address is 
104145.754@CompuServe.COM .

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Conference Announcement: Journees Systemes de Reference Spatio-Temporels
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JOURNEES SYSTEMES DE REFERENCE SPATIO-TEMPORELS 1996
Deux siecles d'evolution du Systeme du Monde. Hommage a Laplace
Two centuries of evolution of "Systeme du Monde". Homage to Laplace

Scientific organizing committee : N. Capitaine (Chair), M. Amalvict, 
C. Balkowski, P. Bretagnon, S. Debarbat, J.- P. Verdet 
Local organizing committee : S. Debarbat (Chair), M. Alibert, 
L. Garin, A. Hayot, F. Medina
Venue : Henri-Mineur Amphitheatre, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris 
& Building B, Observatoire de Paris, 75014 - Paris

23-24-25 September 1996

At the end of the fifth Journees Systemes de reference spatio-temporels 
which was organized in Paris in 1992, it was decided that future meetings 
will held alternately in Paris and other European centers. Thus, Journees 
1994 has been organized in Paris and Journees 1995 at the Space Research 
Center in Warsaw. The Journees 1996 will held in Paris on 23-25 September 
1996, in honour of the first publication (1796) of P.S. Laplace's Systeme 
du Monde.
The programme will be divided into six sessions, each of them devoted to 
a topic studied by Laplace and developed in contemporary research. Each
session will include introductory talks, oral and poster presentations. 
The participants will have the opportunity to visit the Neptune 
exhibition at Paris Observatory in commemoration of Neptune's discovery
by Le Verrier in 1846. They will also be able to observe Neptune at the 
Paris Observatory as was done for the first time on September 23 rd, 
1846 by Galle and d'Arrest in Berlin. Communications languages will be 
French, and occasionally English. 


Preliminary program

Monday 23 September
morning : I) DES "MOUVEMENS"  CELESTES AUX SYSTEMES DE REFERENCE

topics : Des "MOUVEMENS"  apparents  et  "MOUVEMENS" reels des  
corps celestes  consideres  par Laplace aux definitions et
realisations actuelles des systemes de reference dans le cadre de 
la Relativite Generale,  ...  

afternoon : II) LE CHAMP DE PESANTEUR TERRESTRE ET SES VARIATIONS 

topics : De la  Figure de la Terre et de la theorie des marees de 
Laplace au geoide actuel et a la modelisation recente des
marees oceaniques a partir de la geodesie spatiale, ...

evening : Visit of Neptune's exhibition and observation of Neptune 

Thuesday 24 September
morning  : III) THEORIES PLANETAIRES ET STABILITE DU SYSTEME SOLAIRE

topics : La  stabilite  du  Systeme  solaire,  de Laplace a nos 
jours, de la  Mecanique  Celeste de  Laplace  aux  theories
planetaires actuelles, ...

afternoon : IV) DES COSMOLOGIES AUX GRANDES STRUCTURES DE 
		L'UNIVERS
topics : Historique des cosmologies, formation des grandes 
structures de l'Univers, ...

evening : Preliminary to session V), visit of cesium fountain of LPTF
	Buffet for the registred participants

Wenesday 25 September
morning  : V) DU TEMPS ASTRONOMIQUE AU TEMPS ATOMIQUE

topics : Le temps et sa mesure, evolution des echelles de temps 
et de la mesure du temps, ...

afternoon : VI) REPRESENTATION MATHEMATIQUE ET REPRESENTATION 
		PHYSIQUE DE L'UNIVERS

topics : Operateurs mathematiques en mecanique celeste et geophysique  
(Laplacien,  Lagrangien, Hamiltonien, ...), distances cosmiques et 
constante de Hubble, Grand Attracteur, ...


PRE-REGISTRATION FORM

To be sent back not later than 30 April 1996 either to F. Medina, 
DANOF/URA 1125, Observatoire de Paris, 61 Avenue de l'observatoire, 
75014 Paris, France, or to danof@danof.obspm.fr.


First Name  .................. Last Name  ....................

Institution ..................................................

Adress .......................................................

Phone, Fax, E-Mail ...........................................

. plans to attend the Journees 1996  Systemes de Reference 
Spatio-temporels: "Two centuries of evolution of "Systeme du 
Monde". Homage to Laplace", Paris, on 23-24-25 September 1996.

   YES                  or                         NO
		                                           
. and proposes to contribute by a presentation untiled

.concerning session Num. ............  (cf preliminary program)

				- oral communication	   
. Proposed form
				- poster			   

. Would like to receive the provisional program and the final registration 
form which will be send on May 1996.

   YES			or			NO

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Conference Announcement: Antique Telecope Society Annual Convention
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By Bart Fried, USA


ANTIQUE  TELESCOPE  SOCIETY  ANNUAL CONVENTION 
CITIES OF BATH / LONDON
Sept 27th to Oct 1st 1996

The Convention will be in two parts.  EACH WILL REQUIRE SEPARATE
REGISTRATION. The first part will be the Conference meeting from
mid-afternoon on Friday 27th September to Sunday evening the 29th of
September. The second part will be a tour of many historic sites and
instrument collections from early Monday morning 30th September to
Wednesday morning 3rd of October- See enclosed itinerary. For complete
agenda, registration and cost information, contact Dr. Walter Breyer,
whbreyer@aol.com, Dr. Ron Maddison, ronmadd@digital.net,325 Island Oaks
Place, Merritt Island, Florida 32953, (407)-453-4723, or Bart Fried,
bsfried@aol.com or 71223.3430@compuserve.com.

CONFERENCE

FRIDAY  27th Sept.  
Registration at the FRANCIS HOTEL, Bath.
Civic Reception in the Pump Room at the Roman Baths.
Welcome by the Lord Mayor or his Deputy.
Short tours of the torch-lit Roman Baths.
Banquet in the historic Pump Room.
Keynote Address by Dr. Allan Chapman.
Adjourn to Francis Hotel for informal social activities.

SATURDAY  28th Sept.
Paper Session (1)
Break for COFFEE adjoining Aix-en-Provence Room
Paper Session (2) 
Lunch
Paper Session (3)
Afternoon tea
Paper Session (4)
Aperitifs, dinner
Invited  Lecture by  Dr. Patrick Moore.C.B.E.
Adjourn to Francis Hotel for social activities.

SUNDAY  29th Sept.
Juried displays and exhibits of member's and guests' antique telescopes,
books, atlases, binoculars. 
Coffee reception at the William Herschel House, Headquarters of the 
"Herschel Society".
Lunch
Paper Session (5)
afternoon tea
Paper Session (6)
Aperitifs dinner, Presentation of  medals/awards
Invited Lecture (to be announced)
Adjourn to Francis Hotel for informal social events.

TOURS

The following tours will be by specially designed touring coaches (two)
described as follows by the company:- 'Both coaches are equipped with
forced air ventilation, video, toilet / washroom, servery, a small 'fridge
and reclining seats. Complimentary drinks i.e. tea, coffee and chocolate
will be on board. The Coaches will stay with us throughout the two days.

MONDAY  30th  Sept.
BLYTHE HOUSE COLLECTION - The Store contains items such as: The Nasmyth
20" alt-azimuth; the Oxford Heliometer; the Smyth equatorial; the
Groombridge Circle; and the Kew photoheliograph.  There are numerous other
exhibits including the 48" Herschel speculum etc.  SCIENCE MUSEUM IN
EXHIBITION ROAD: The Rosse 72" speculum from Birr Castle and a fine scale
model of the telescope; the Complete Isaac Roberts Observatory (set up on
the roof) containing a Grubb 20" reflector with a 7" refractor on the same
mounting; and Caroline Herschel's own telescope. CARLTON HOUSE TERRACE,
which is the headquarters of the Royal Society: View the original Newton
Reflector, the Royal Society Library where a small exhibition will have
been mounted. Time for NEARBY AREAS OF INTEREST in Central London such as
Westminster, Buckingham Palace, or the main stores around the general area
of Piccadilly Circus.  There is also the main collection of Trevor Philips
(Antique Scientific Instruments etc.) close by in Jermyn Street.
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON OBSERVATORY in Mill Hill Park, North London: Several
historic instruments; The main instrument is a 24" photographic refractor,
carrying an 18" visual refractor on the same mount, both made by Grubb in
1902 originally for the Radcliffe Observatory in Oxford. There is also a
6" refractor by Cooke, known as the Joynson Telescope, and a modern 24"
reflector by Ealing Beck.  DINNER, ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, WORDSWORTH ROOM,
(Where William Wordsworth lived when he was a student, and where John
Herschel was a student and later became a Fellow. 


TUESDAY  1st October

WHIPPLE MUSEUM in Free School Lane: This museum houses a fine collection
of many early telescopes including:- Three refractors by Jesse Ramsden (
1770, 1770 and 1785), one by J. Yarwell (1675), a Dollond of London
(1880), two reflectors by James Short (1760 and 1763), a reflector by
Nairne and Blunt of London (1793), one by John Cuthbert of London (1826),
a Herschel of (1790), a reflector by John Cuff of London (1740), A
refractor by Wray (1875) and an early object glass by Christopher Cock of
London (1668). INSTITUTE OF ASTRONOMY AND OBSERVATORIES, Madingley Road.
- Items available for viewing will include the following:-The 11.75"
Northumberland telescope (which originally contained a fine triplet by
Cauchoix of Paris - but now has a fine doublet by Hysom), the 8"
Thorrowgood telescope by Cooke (which was once owned by Rev. W.R. Dawes.),
the 36"reflector by Grubb, and a new design prototype 20" three-mirror,
totally achromatic, wide field fast camera by Willstrop and Hysom.  This
will be explained and demonstrated by its designer Dr. Roderick Willstrop
of Cambridge University Observatory. WOOLSTHORPE MANOR, BIRTHPLACE OF SIR
ISAAC NEWTON. During our visit light refreshments, including apple cake
and apple pie, will be provided 'Under the Apple Tree' by a group of local
ladies while smaller groups tour the house. OLD ROYAL OBSERVATORY IN
GREENWICH PARK. - The main instrument is the 28" Grubb refractor (built in
1893) which is mounted in a classical English equatorial, between an open
lattice polar yoke, inside the well known onion dome landmark. We hope to
be able to use the telescope, but this obviously depends on favorable
weather conditions. There may be time during the evening to tour some of
the other buildings, such as Flamsteed House, the Octagon Room, and the
Transit telescope marking the Prime Meridian. The Old Royal Observatory
now houses the famous collection of Harrison navigational chronometers as
well as an extensive collection of early astronomical instruments. The
Octagon Room contains several original instruments and the Airy Transit
telescope marks the Zero Meridian of longitude - marked by a brass plaque
in front of the building.

WEDNESDAY  2nd OCTOBER
Follow-up leisurely visit to Old Royal Observatory  and / or visit to
neighboring Maritime Museum. The Maritime  Museum contains navigational
instruments and a fine collection of models and naval memorabilia.

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Conference Announcement: Humanizing the Medieval Sciences
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Special CEMERS Session
1996 30th Annual CEMERS Conference
Binghamton, NY
October 18 - 19, 1996

Requesting presentations on integrative and interdisciplinary research and
teaching projects linking the medieval sciences and humanities. I am
interested in practical approaches to the teaching of natural philosophy,
medicine, astronomy, astrology, quadrivial sciences, etc. in medieval
studies programs and how these pedagogies can be situated in broader
cultural patterns and linked to literary, philosophical, legal, and other
humanistic studies.  Case studies would be welcome: how is your program
teaching (or not teaching) medieval science?  What sorts of institutional
and departmental support do you receive for interdisciplinary work?  What
integrative projects have worked well for you?

NOTE: Topic extended to medieval sciences and technology exclusively.

REPLY  (early replies appreciated) by June 1, 1996 with 500 word abstract
or complete 20 minute presentation and brief description of research
interests and / or CV to:

A. S. Weber
Box 217
Department English
SUNY Binghamton
Binghamton, NY  13902
br00126@bingsuns.cc.binghamton.edu
607 - 773 - 4755 (H)
607 - 777 - 2168 (W)
607 - 777 - 2408 (FAX)

Other Abstracts, Inquiries to:

Charles Burroughs, Director, CEMERS
Binghamton University
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY  13902 - 6000

TEL:  607 - 777 - 2730
E-Mail: CEMERS@bingsuns.cc.binghamton.edu

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DISPUTATIO: An International Transdisciplinary Journal of the
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Late Middle Ages. Call for Papers
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    *Disputatio* is an international transdisciplinary annual of the
late middle ages (ca. 1300-1550) published by Northwestern University
Press.  Each issue provides exhaustive and diverse treatments of one
significant example of late medieval culture by scholars representing
various nations, approaches, and disciplines.  We feature scholarly
articles, inclusive review essays, and a comprehensive bibliography
on each issue topic.

FALL 1997 ISSUE:  *Constructions of Time in the Late Middle Ages*

SUBMISSIONS DUE:  November 1, 1996

Scholarly articles and research notes concerning all aspects of late
medieval constructions of time are welcome.  Topics may include but
are not limited to:

-Time and narrative
-Eternity and perpetuity
-Time, space, and infinity
-Time and authority
-Future contingents
-Artistic portrayals of time
-Travel and time
-Law and time
-Gender and time
-Human life cycle
-"Kairos"
-Nominalist and realist perspectives on time
-Clocks, work, and time (Werkglocken)
-The late medieval calendar
-Mysticism and time
-Meter, rhythm, and time
-Succession, inheritance, and generations
-Memoria
-Eschatology
-Tense structures in late medieval languages
-Cosmology and cosmogeny
-Allegories of time

    Length is 4,000-12,000 words for articles, 2,500 words for research
notes.  If you are interested in writing review or bibliographic essays,
please contact us.  We will consider articles in English or either major
European languages or Latin with substantial abstracts in English.
Please ask for our style sheet.

ADDRESS:       Carol Poster and Richard Utz, Editors
               *Disputatio*
               English Department, Baker 115
               University of Northern Iowa
               Cedar Falls, IA 50614
               e-mail: disputatio@cobra.uni.edu

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Tagungen 1996/97
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21 - 23 June 1996, Isili, Italy
Convegno di studi "I nuraghi archeologia, astronomia, architettura"
Contacts: Compagnia dell'Arco, C.A.P. 08033 Via Dante, 50 Isili, Italy,
tel. 0782/802973-802736-802443

3 July 1996, London, UK
Annual General Meeting of the Society of Antiquaries
Place: Burlington House, Piccadily, London W1
Lectures: "Behind the Stars" by Gerard Turner, "Arithmometers" by S.
Johnston, "Weights & Measures" by A.D.C. Simpson

15 - 17 July 1996, Goettingen, Germany
VII Workshop on the History of Modern Mathematics
Information: Dr. Hans J. Becker, Niedersaechische Staats- und
Universitaetsbibliothek, Platz der Goettinger Sieben 1, D-37073 Goettingen

15. - 20. September 1996, Jena, Deutschland
Jahrestagung der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung; Sektion 7 "Geschichte
und Philosophie der Mathematik"
Informationen: Prof. Dr. Hans-Juergen Engelbert, Fakultaet fuer Mathematik
und Informatik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, D-07740 Jena,
Tel. 03641/630819 oder 631107

26 October 1996, London (Greenwich), UK
Scientific Instrument Society's visit to the National Maritime Museum
Reserve Collection in The Old Observatory, Greenwich, London SE10

26 - 31 October 1996, Nice, France
121eme Congres National des Societes Historiques et Scientifiques
The session on "Histoire des sciences et des techniques" is on the topic
of "Astronomie et astronomes dans le comte de Nice et la France
meridionale". Registration had to be before March 31, 1996, but it seems
to be flexible.
Contacts: Suzanne Debarbat (Paris Observatory) and Paul
Brouzeng (LIREST, Bat307, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France)

3. - 7. Maerz 1997, Potsdam, Deutschland
Kolloquium zur Geschichte der Geophysik im Rahmen der Jahrestagung der
Deutschen Geophysikalischen Gesellschaft
Informationen: Dr. Wilfried Schroeder, Hechelstr. 8, 
D-28777 Bremen-Roennebeck

28. Mai - 1. Juni 1997, Calw, Deutschland
4. Tagung der Fachsektion "Geschichte der Mathematik" der Deutschen
Mathematiker-Vereinigung
Ort: Staatliche Akademie fuer Lehrerfortbildung in Calw im Nordschwarzwald
Informationen: Prof. Dr. Michael von Renteln, Universitaet Karlsruhe,
Mathematisches Institut I, Englerstr. 2, D-76128 Karlsruhe, 
Tel. 0721/608-3037 (-2056 Sekr.)

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Danksagung
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Neben den Autoren der Beitraege sei fuer Informationen gedankt: 

Hayot Alain (Paris), Emmanuel Davoust (Toulouse), Otfried Lieberknecht
(Berlin), Wilfried Schroeder (Bremen), Michael Toepell (Leipzig/Muenchen).

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