Monday, September 20, from 9 to 17 h
Colloquium in the Prague Academy of Sciences, Lecture Hall No. 206, 2nd floor, Room No. 20
Address: Akademie ved CR (Presidium), Narodni 3, 117 20 Praha 1 (opposite the National Theater)
The underground stations of lines A and B (Národní trída, Václavské námestí) are close nearby.
Conference fee: 20.- EUR, partially covering the conference proceedings.
The next international scientific meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft (AG) will take place in Prague on September 20-25, 2004. The topic is ``From Cosmological Structures to the Milky Way'', and the web page of the meeting is: http://www.astro.uni-jena.de/Astron_Ges/agtagprag.html
In this framework, the Working Group for the History of Astronomy in the AG
plans to held a colloquium "Astronomy in Prague", which will take place on
Monday, September 20, 2004.
This topic obviously comprises the golden age under emperor Rudolf II, with scientists like Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) and Marco Marci de Kronland (1595-1667). However, already in the middle ages important astronomical manuscripts were written, especially at the time of Wenzel. The astronomical clock at the city hall on the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) is a highlight of instrumental craftmanship, as are the instruments of Jost Buergi and Erasmus Habermel (Tycho's sextants), which are now kept at the National Technical Museum (Narodni Technicke Muzeum) in Prague.
The former Jesuit college, the Clementinum, from the age of Baroque (1556), headed by Josef Stepling (1716-1778), nowadays houses the National Library, which keeps also medieval astronomical manuscripts. The astronomical tower of 1751 still indicates that the college also had an observatory. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the scientists Christian Doppler (1803-1853), Josef Petzval (1807-1891), Ernst Mach (1838-1916), Erwin Finlay-Freundlich (1885-1964) and Albert Einstein (1879-1955) were active in Prague.
Coordinators of the meeting:
Lectures should be given in English, German or Czech; the first language is preferred.
Deadline of the abstract submission - in English, and by e-mail - is June
18, 2004. Please use the abstract form of the Astronomische Gesellschaft (to be downloaded)
Please send the abstract to Reinhard E. Schielicke,
University Observatory Jena, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
to Ms. Wolfschmidt and at least to one of the two other coordinators.
Each abstract can comprise one printed page, with at most one figure (b&w or grey); the abstracts will be published as ``Short Contributions'' in the Astronomische Nachrichten, Supplementary Issue.
More information can be obtained at the Local Organizing Committee:
Martin Šolc, Astronomical Institute of Charles University
After the meeting proceedings are planned:
,,Astronomy in and around Prague'',
Supplementum 2004 of the journal ,,Acta Universitatis Carolinae Mathematica et Physica''.
The Proceedings are ready: You can order a copy from our Institute for 25 Euro:
,,Astronomy in and around Prague''. Proceedings of the Colloquium of the Working Group for the History of Astronomy
in the framework of the scientific meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft (AG) in Prag, Monday, September 20, 2004, organized by Gudrun Wolfschmidt and Martin Solc.
,,Acta Universitatis Carolinae - Mathematica et Physica'', Vol. 46, Supplementum (2005).
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Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Mathematik und
Working Group for the History of Astronomy in the Astronomische Gesellschaft