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Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop - ND VI June 19-22, 2003


All sessions, except the poster session, take place in the Auditorium of the Center for Continuing Education.

Thursday, June 19 Workshop Opens
8:00 - 9:00 pm Opening Address: Harry Collins will identify the historiographical themes that will be the source for our deliberations during the breakout sessions on Friday.
9:00 - 10:00 pm Welcoming Reception
Notre Dame Center for Continuing Education
Friday, June 20 Sessions begin
8:00 -8:30 am Greetings and Introduction of Participants
David DeVorkin (Smithsonian), Marc Rothenberg (Joseph Henry Papers) and Rudi Lindner (University of Michigan), Co-chairs of the Workshop; Matt Dowd (University of Notre Dame), Local Arrangements Chair.
  • Introduction of Participants
Throughout Poster Papers
  • Marvin Bolt (Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum): “Naming New Worlds”
  • David DeVorkin (Smithsonian): “Historical Artifacts Displayed in the Explore the Universe Gallery - How We Got 'Em”
  • Thomas Hockey: “The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers: A Work-in- Progress Poster Paper”
  • Dana Freiburger (University of Wisconsin-Madison) in liaison with David Patten, Witherley (nr. Atherstone), England: “John Thompson and Question 290 Revisited”
9:00 - Noon Breakout Sessions
  • Each group will examine one single issue and will report back to the whole group.
12:05 pm Group Photograph (weather permitting)
1:30 - 3:00 pm Discussion of Breakout Sessions
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 5:00 pm Historical Studies on Astronomy, Twentieth Century
Chair: Marvin Bolt (Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum)
  • Jordan D. Marché II (University of Wisconsin-Madison): “'Popular' Journals and Community in American Astronomy, 1882-1951”
  • Matthew Stanley (Harvard University): “'An Expedition to Heal the Wounds of War:' the 1919 Eclipse and Eddington as Quaker Adventurer”
  • Andrew Bell (Independent Scholar, Oakland, California): “Ambitious Precision: Henry Rowland's Catalog of the Solar Spectrum”
8:00 - 10:00 pm Gathering at the home of Marvin Bolt (directions will be distributed to drivers).
Saturday, June 21  
8:30 - 10:30 am Biographical Studies in Astronomy I
Chair: David DeVorkin (Smithsonian)
  • David Strauss (Kalamazoo College): “The Utility of a Thematic Approach to History of Science Biography”
  • Keith Lafortune: “Women at the Harvard College Observatory: Preliminary Findings from the Observatory Personnel Records, 1877-1919”
  • Peter Broughton (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada): “Eavesdropping on Two Harvard Graduate Students in 1929-30”
  • I. Pustylnik, (Tartu Observatory, Estonia): “Ernst Julius Öpik (1893-1985)”
10:30 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 - Noon Thematic Session: “A Zodiacal Armillary Sphere”
Organizer/Chair: Dennis Duke (Florida State University)
Speakers: John Britton, Dennis Duke (Florida State University), Raphael Patton (St. Mary's College of California), Keith Pickering
  • Demonstration and discussion of a model of an armillary sphere, made according to a description by Ptolemy.
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 pm Historical Studies on Astronomy, Medieval and Early Modern
Chair: Darin Hayton (University of Notre Dame)
  • Matt Dowd (University of Notre Dame): “Robert Grosseteste and Astronomy in the Medieval University”
  • Dan Burton (University of North Alabama): “Nicole Oresme's On Seeing the Stars: The Discovery of the Curvature of Light Through the Atmosphere”
  • Sven Dupré (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science): “Digges, Bourne, and a Sixteenth Century Telescopic Project”
  • Rienk Vermij (University of Utrecht): “The Leiden Interpretation of Copernicus' Theory of the Universe”
3:30 - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 - 6:00 pm Historical Studies on Astronomy, Archaeoastronomy and Nineteenth Century
Chair: Marc Rothenberg (Joseph Henry Papers)
  • Christopher Turner: “A Report on Archaeoastronomical Research at the Hopeton Earthworks, Ross Co., Ohio”
  • Robert J. Havlik (University Of Notre Dame): “The University Of Notre Dame And The 1874 And 1882 Transits Of Venus”
  • Robert H. van Gent (University of Utrecht): “The Dutch Transit of Venus Expeditions of 1874 and 1882”
  • Craig B. Waff (Encyclopedia Americana), et. al.: “The Prediction and Discovery of Neptune: Brilliant Deduction or Illusion of Precision?”
7:00 - 8:30 pm Conference Banquet, Morris Inn on the Notre Dame Campus
Welcoming Remarks: Michael Crowe (University Of Notre Dame)
Invited Speaker: Harry Collins, response to the Workshop
8:30 - 10:00 pm Optional Open Session at the Notre Dame Observatory (Nieuwland Science Hall). Group will depart directly from the banquet.
Sunday, June 22  
8:30 - 11:30 am Recent Results in Ancient Astronomy
Organizer/Chair: Dennis Duke (Florida State University)
  • John Britton, “On the Origin of the 251 Month Anomalistic Period Relation”
  • Dennis Duke (Florida State University; Keith Pickering; Dennis Rawlins, DIO; John Steele (University of Toronto), “Late Babylonian Star Catalogues”
11:45 am Business Meeting
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