(Nederlands) Nieuwsbrief Universiteitsgeschiedenis en Batavia Academica online

Op de website van het genootschap Gewina zijn met ingang van vandaag de volledige jaargangen van de Nieuwsbrief Universiteitsgeschiedenis (1995-2007) en Batavia Academica (1983-1993) te downloaden als PDF-bestand. Read more…

[Book] Between Rhetoric and Reality – Instrumental Practices at the Astronomical Observatory of the Amsterdam Society ‘Felix Meritis’, 1786-1889

Felix Meritis, the remarkable ‘Temple of Enlightenment’, adorns the Amsterdam canals since 1788. The building accommodated the most ambitious attempt in the Netherlands for the integration of activi- ties regarding literature, music, the visual arts, commerce, and the sciences. What so far went unnoticed is that, from the very start, Felix Meritis was also equipped with an astronomical and meteorological observatory. In fact, it was the first scientific observatory in the Netherlands designed from the drawing board. Read more…