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*          ELEKTRONISCHE MITTEILUNGEN ZUR ASTRONOMIEGESCHICHTE            *
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*          Herausgegeben vom Arbeitskreis Astronomiegeschichte            *
*                  in der Astronomischen Gesellschaft                     *
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*                       Nr. 67, 27. November 2003                         *
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*           Redaktion: Wolfgang R. Dick und Hilmar W. Duerbeck            *
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Inhalt
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Mitteilung zu den Abonnements

1. Ausstellung in Goettingen

2. 2004 LeRoy E. Doggett Prize to Michael Hoskin

3. History of astronomy at the 203rd AAS Meeting

4. Symposium on History of Meteorology

5. Eddington Workshop

6. Christian-Wolff-Kongress in Halle

7. Symposium on Scientific Instrument Collections

Danksagung

Impressum

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Mitteilung zu den Abonnements
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Mit freundlichen Gruessen,
Ihr Wolfgang Dick

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Ausstellung in Goettingen
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300 Jahre St. Petersburg
Russland und die "Goettingische Seele"

Paulinerkirche, 26. Oktober 2003 bis 18. Januar 2004
(geschlossen vom 22.12.2003 bis zum 06.01.2004)

Die Ausstellung geht auf die Geschichte St. Petersburgs und die
wissenschaftlichen Beziehungen zwischen Goettingen und Russland ein. Die
Verbindungen Goettinger und russischer Gelehrter, unter ihnen Carl
Friedrich Gauss, werden ausfuehrlich dargestellt.

Oeffnungszeiten:
Di - So 11.00 - 18.00 Uhr

Eintritt: 
Tageskarte 3,- Euro, ermaessigt 1,50 Euro 
Dauerkarte 10,- Euro, ermaessigt 5,- Euro 
Kinder bis zum 12. Lebensjahr frei

Fuehrungen:
Sonderfuehrungen auch ausserhalb der Oeffnungszeiten 
nach Anmeldung unter Telefon: 0551-392456
Kostenlose Fuehrungen jeden Samstag um 15.00 Uhr

Informationsmaterial: 
CD-ROM 14,- Euro 
Katalog 14,- Euro (auch online verfuegbar)
Im Set 25,- Euro

Aus dem Vortragsprogramm:
Jeweils sonntags, 11 Uhr c.t.
07. Dez. 2003, Prof. Dr. Karin Reich (Hamburg):
Die Beziehungen von Carl Friedrich Gauss zu Russland

Ort:
Paulinerkirche
Historisches Gebaeude der Niedersaechsischen
Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek Goettingen
Papendiek 14, 37073 Goettingen

Weitere Informationen: http://www.paulinerkirche-goettingen.de


[Quelle: http://www.paulinerkirche-goettingen.de; nach einem Hinweis
von Karin Reich]

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2004 LeRoy E. Doggett Prize to Michael Hoskin
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The Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society
is pleased to announce that Michael Hoskin has been awarded the Fourth
LeRoy E. Doggett Prize for Historical Astronomy. The award of the Prize
was for his distinguished career and publication record that has
significantly influenced the field of the history of astronomy.

With this award, the AAS has invited Michael to give the Doggett Prize
Lecture at a plenary session at the AAS meeting in Atlanta, and it has
been provisionally scheduled for the morning of Monday, January 5, 2004.
For his Lecture, he will speak about "The REAL Caroline Herschel."

As a leading expert on William Herschel, Hoskin has written broadly on
the Herschel family and its achievements. Last spring he published his
latest contribution, The Herschel Partnership: As Viewed by Caroline.
This work, which contains a wide variety of previously untapped archival
material, will be the definitive source for Caroline Herschel's
biography for many years to come. In a separate volume Hoskin has also
edited the two autobiographies that Caroline wrote at different times of
her life.

His other recent books demonstrate his broad perspectives in the field.
They include The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy (1997), The
Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy (1999), and Tombs, Temples and
Orientations: A new perspective on Mediterranean Prehistory (2001). The
last volume, which summarizes many seasons of fieldwork around the
Mediterranean basin, is a significant and original contribution to
archaeoastronomy. Hoskin has long been renowned for both his scholarship
and the high standards he has maintained in editing and publishing. In
1970 he founded the Journal for the History of Astronomy and has since
served as its editor. The Journal, which is now in its 34th year, has
helped to define the field of historical astronmy and give it a central
focus. It was primarily for his lifetime work on JHA that he was honored
in 2001, when Minor Planet (12223) Hoskin was named after him.

Since 1969 Hoskin has been a Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge.
When he learned that he was to be the fourth recipient of the Doggett
Prize, he wrote: "The Prize is indeed a very great honour, and although
it is the result of the initiative of the historians of a particular
country, it is as yet the only prize in our field and this award to a
non-American raises it to international status. I am very grateful to
you and your colleagues for this compliment which will provide a
highlight to my career."

His lecture will be preceded by the presentation to him of The LeRoy E.
Doggett Prize for Historical Astronomy.


[Source: http://www.aas.org/~had/announce.html]

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History of astronomy at the 203rd AAS Meeting
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On January 4-8, 2004, the 203rd Meeting of the American Astronomical
Society (AAS) will be held in Atlanta, GA, USA. The Historical Astronomy
Division (HAD) of the AAS organized the following sessions:

Sunday, January 4, 2004, 2:00-5:00pm
Session 1 HAD I: Transit of Venus

Chasing Venus: Putting the Transits of Venus on Exhibition
   R.S. Brashear (Smithsonian Inst.)
Jeremiah Horrocks, The New Astronomy, And The Transit Of Venus
   W. Applebaum (Illinois Institute of Technology)
The American Transit of Venus Expeditions of 1874 and 1882
   S.J. Dick (NASA)
Explanation of the Black-Drop Effect at Transits of Mercury and the
Forthcoming Transit of Venus
   J.M. Pasachoff (Williams College-Hopkins Obs.),
   G. Schneider (Steward Obs., U. Az.), L. Golub (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
David Peck Todd and the transit of 1882: A lover's triangle forms while an
astronomer triangulates the distance to the Sun
   W.P. Sheehan (Independent Scholar)
E. E. Barnard and the New Star in the Andromeda Nebula
   J. Bryan (McDonald Observatory)

Monday, January 5, 2004, 10:00-11:30am
Session 28 HAD II

Space Travel is Utter Bilge: Early Ideas on Interplanetary Exploration
   D.K. Yeomans (JPL/Caltech)
The Maximum Duration of Astronomical Incomprehension
   V.L. Trimble (University of Maryland, College Park)
Leslie Peltier, Amateur Astronomer and Observer Extraordinaire
   B.G. Corbin (U.S. Naval Observatory)
The Forgotten History of the 4050 Angstrom Group of C3
   B.J. McCall (UC Berkeley)
The Clyde W. Tombaugh Papers and the Rio Grande Historical Collections:
Preserving the History of Astronomy
   M. Gottwald (New Mexico State University)
Challenges of Data Archives
   R.E.M. Griffin (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory)

Monday, January 5, 2004, 11:40am-12:30pm
Session 29 Doggett Prize Lecture

The REAL Caroline Herschel
   M.A. Hoskin (Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK)

Monday, January 5, 2004, 2:00-3:30pm
Session 35 HAD III

The Latitude and Epoch for the Origin of the Astronomical Lore of Eudoxus
   B.E. Schaefer (Louisiana S. U.)
First Description of Discrete Stars Composing the Milky Way in
Thomas Watson's Hekatompathia (1582)
   E.L. Altschuler (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine),
   W. Jansen (Independent Scholar)
Galileo's Telescopy and Jupiter's Tablet
   P.D. Usher (Penn State)
Lowell's Martian "Canals" in the Light of Modern CCD Imaging
   C.M. Gaskell (Univ. Nebraska), T. A. Dobbins (ALPO)
What Happened to the Amateurs After Professionalization?
The Amateurization of Astronomy in Britain and the United States
   T.R. Williams (Rice University)
Remeasuring the Alignment of the Nantucket Meridian Line
   P.B. Boyce (Maria Mitchell Obs.),
   A. Davis (SUNY at Plattsburgh and Maria Mitchell Obs.)
Satellite Imagery Measures of the Astronomically Aligned Megaliths at
Nabta Playa
   T.G. Brophy (EMCS Consulting),
   P.A. Rosen (California Institute of Technology)

Contact address for the 203rd AAS Meeting:
American Astronomical Society
2000 Florida Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009-1231, USA
phone 202-328-2010, fax 202-234-2560
e-mail aas@aas.org

More information on the AAS Meeting including abstracts of papers
is available at: http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas203/

For information on HAD see: http://www.aas.org/~had/had.html


[Text compiled from information at http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas203/]

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Symposium on History of Meteorology
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(Aus: Electronic Newsletter for the History of Astronomy, No. 54,
November 24, 2003, Item 1)


The Presidential History Symposium, sponsored by the American
Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS History Committee, will be
held 13 January 2004, as part of the 84th Annual Meeting in Seattle,
Washington. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general
information will be posted on the AMS Web site (http://www.ametsoc.org/AMS)
in mid-September 2003.

The 84th Annual Meeting is being organized around the broad theme of
"prediction." This past century, the overarching challenge to the
atmospheric and related sciences has been to predict weather and climate.
These sciences, perhaps more than any others, are tested on a daily basis
through the forecasting of the various elements of the Earth's environment.
Numerical weather prediction is widely regarded to be among the foremost
scientific accomplishments of the 20th century. Especially significant
advances have been made in atmospheric and oceanic forecasting of weather
and climate systems over the past 20 years.

Papers that broadly address historical issues of "prediction" in the
development of scientific theory and applications in the geophysical
sciences are solicited. Possible themes might include the role of patronage
in determining what gets predicted, how disciplinary communities determine
the predictability of an event or phenomena, how the public has viewed
scientific prediction, scientific controversies surrounding predictions,
and how predictions have affected the development of governmental policy.
Historians of science and scientists engaged in historical research are
strongly encouraged to submit a proposal. Abstracts are due no later than
1 August 2003. Please contact History Committee Chairperson:

Dr. Kristine Harper, 946 NW Circle Blvd., #306, Corvallis, OR 97330-1410,
USA. E-mail: kharper@proaxis.com.


[Text provided by Ron Doel.]

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Eddington Workshop
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Arthur Stanley Eddington - Interdisciplinary Perspectives:

A workshop hosted by the Centre for Research in the Arts Social
Sciences & Humanities (CRASSH)

Cambridge UK, Wednesday 10th - Thursday 11th March 2004

This workshop brings together scholars from the history of science,
philosophy, literary studies and the history of art, as well as physics and
astronomy.

The aims are: to explore Arther S. Eddington's continuing significance for
these various disciplines, to gain a richer appreciation of his life and
work, and to explore ways of promoting effective interdisciplinary
discussion.

Papers will be circulated in advance and all participants are asked to read
these before the workshop. The emphasis will be on structured discussion,
and the contribution in discussion of those not supplying a formal paper
will form an equally significant component of the workshop.

Contributed papers from: Malcolm Longair, Steven French, Matt Stanley,
Gavin Parkinson, Michael Whitworth, Arthur Miller, Robert Smith, Ian
Durham, Alan Batten and Kate Price.

Participants with an interest in Eddington, from any discipline, including
graduate students, are welcome.

The deadline for registration is 20 January 2004. To get the most out of
the workshop format, places are limited to 40 people.

For further details and abstracts see the CRASSH webpage,

http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/events2004/eddington.html

To find out more or to register your interest please contact the convener:

Dr Kate Price
Junior Research Fellow
Homerton College
Hills Road
Cambridge
CB2 2PH
UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 507189
Fax: +44 (0)1223 507120
e-mail: kep26@cam.ac.uk


[Text provided by William Vanderburgh on behalf of Kate Price.]

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Christian-Wolff-Kongress in Halle
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Erster Internationaler Christian-Wolff-Kongress:
"Christian Wolff und die Europaeische Aufklaerung"

6.-10. April 2004, Halle an der Saale

Vom 6. bis 10. April 2004 veranstaltet das Interdisziplinaere Zentrum fuer
die Erforschung der Europaeischen Aufklaerung der
Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg aus Anlass der 250. Wiederkehr
des Todestages von Christian Wolff den ersten Internationalen
Christian-Wolff-Kongress zum Thema "Christian Wolff und die Europaeische
Aufklaerung". In Plenumsvortraegen, oeffentlichen Abendvortraegen und 17
Sektionen sollen das Werk Christian Wolffs und seine Wirkung im Kontext der
Europaeischen Aufklaerung sowie seine Bedeutung fuer die Philosophie der
Neuzeit untersucht werden.

Folgende Sektionen sind vorgesehen:

 1. System der Metaphysik
 2. Logik
 3. Ontologie
 4. Psychologie
 5. Kosmologie
 6. Theologie
 7. Ethik
 8. Politik
 9. Recht
10. Mathematik
11. Naturwissenschaften
12. Aesthetik
13. Poetik
14. Wolff und die Schulphilosophie
15. Wolff und seine Schule in Halle
16. Wolff und die europaeischen Akademien der Wissenschaften
17. Biographie

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Juergen Stolzenberg

Das Programm (Plenarvortraege/Sektionen und Sektionsvortraege) sind im
Internet unter http://www.izea.uni-halle.de/veranst/wolffkon.htm einsehbar.

Interessenten fuer die Teilnahme ohne Vortrag werden gebeten, sich
ebenfalls anzumelden. Sie erhalten dann weitere Informationen.

Anschrift:
Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg
Interdisziplinaeres Zentrum fuer die Erforschung der
Europaeischen Aufklaerung Stichwort: "Wolff-Kongress"
D-06099 Halle (Saale)

E-mail: Wolffkongress@izea.uni-halle.de
Fax: ++49 - (0) 345 - 55 - 2 72 52


[Quelle: Andreas Kleinert an Oldenburg-Mailingliste, 29.12.2002]

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Symposium on Scientific Instrument Collections
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(Aus: Electronic Newsletter for the History of Astronomy, No. 54,
November 24, 2003, Item 3)


Mundi subterranei - Scientific Instrument Collections in the University
An International Symposium at Dartmouth College, 24-27 June 2004

Co-sponsored by the Scientific Instrument Commission and Dartmouth College


The Dartmouth Collection of Historic Scientific Instruments dates from the
founding of the College in 1769. It mirrors the development of American
science in an academic setting, from the early days of the Republic through
the Cold War. There are surveying chains, orreries, telescopes and globes
from the first years of the College; American and European apparatus from
the early nineteenth century; apparatus from the purchasing trips of
Dartmouth professors throughout the nineteenth century; the astronomical
instruments of the Shattuck observatory (built in 1853) and of Charles
Young (1843-1908), who became a pioneer in the study of the solar spectrum.
The collection is strong in instruments from the early student
laboratories, teaching and research apparatus dating from the first few
decades of the new Wilder Laboratory (1900), and apparatus, rare and
common, from the period 1920-1980. The instruments are accompanied by a
large number of original boxes, pamplets, purchase receipts, lab notes,
correspondence and catalogues.

The Dartmouth collection is currently being reorganized and catalogued.
Although hundreds of universities and colleges have preserved historic
scientific apparatus, many of these collections remain less than fully
accessible and may even be virtually unknown outside of (and within) their
home institutions. Yet these collections, taken individually, provide
unique windows into the history of scientific research, pedagogy and
popularization. Taken collectively, they represent a vast resource for
research and teaching that is not duplicated in large national collections
of historic scientific instruments.

The purpose of the Dartmouth Conference is to stimulate creative thinking
about potential futures for these university collections. In particular, we
hope:

1. To encourage the development of a network among these collections and
their caretakers.

2. To provide a forum to discuss practical problems that pertain to such
collections, including acquisition, cataloguing and documentation, storage,
access, exhibitions, preservation, environmental safety, and security.

3. To explore ways to raise the profile of these collections on campus and
to enhance opportunities to use them for teaching and research.

4. To share scholarly information about scientific instruments at
universities, their histories and the collections in which they reside.

In addition to several invited panels and a keynote address, the conference
will feature contributed papers and posters. We invite proposals for paper
or posters on the following topics:

a. Practicalities of collection management, curatorial interpretation, and
the relationship of the holdings and their caretakers to other university
collections, departments, museums or administrative entities.

b. Uses for university instrument collections, such as undergraduate or
graduate teaching, research, online or onsite exhibitions, and celebration
of local heritage.

c. Histories of particular collections, collectors, or site-specific
instruments; and histories of instruments or scientific practice as
informed by the holdings of university collections considered collectively.

Parts of the Dartmouth Collection will be on display and the Shattuck
Observatory (1853) will be open.

Dartmouth is situated in semi-rural New Hampshire, readily accessible by
air or surface from Boston. For those who might wish to extend their stay,
the region provides many cultural, historic and outdoor activities. Early
summer weather can be very pleasant in New England!

We plan to have a day of optional field trips. In the morning we will visit
the American Precision Museum in Windsor, VT where we can inspect two
floors of precision machines. We hope to make special arrangement to visit
the stores, which are filled with additional machines. Of special interest
are several ruling engines.

We will then travel to Springfield, VT and lunch at the Hartness House. An
underground tunnel connects the Hartness House with the Hartness Turret
Telescope (refractor) which will be open for our inspection.

We are making arrangements to visit the restored Porter Turret Telescope
(reflector) located on a nearby hill. The building is large enough to
accommodate several people and the instrument is used in the daytime to
project the solar image.

Lodging will be made available in a Dartmouth College dormitory for a
nominal amount (c. USD45 per night). The Hanover Inn will provide
discounted rooms (c. USD85 per night).

Please continue to consult our website for additional information.
www.dartmouth.edu/~sicu , where also a detailed program is given.

The SICU Planning Committee
Francis Manasek (chair), Richard Kremer, David Pantalony, Sara Schechner


[Sources: David A. Pantalony to Rete Discussion Group, 10 June 2003;
www.dartmouth.edu/~sicu]

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Danksagung
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Fuer die direkte Zusendung von Informationen danken wir Ron Doel, Kate
Price, Karin Reich und William Vanderburgh.

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Impressum
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