Descartes-Huygens Lezing door John Bennett Shank over ‘Newtoniaanse’ mechanica in Frankrijk rond 1700 (16 juni 2016)

Op 16 juni houdt prof. John Bennett Shank (University of Minnesota) de jaarlijkse Descartes-Huygens lezing, die dit jaar voor de 9e keer plaatsvindt. Zijn lezing is getiteld: ‘There was no such thing as the ‘Newtonian Revolution’ and the French initiated It. Making ‘Newtonian?’ mechanics in France around 1700.’ De lezing is een gezamenlijk initiatief van het  Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities (Universiteit Utrecht) en Huygens ING.
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Technical Art History Colloquium around Vik Muniz’s exhibition Verso at the Mauritshuis (2 June 2016)

The Mauritshuis in Den Haag is shedding new light on its collection through a special collaboration with Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. For the first time in the history of the museum, the Mauritshuis is organising an exhibition entirely of contemporary works of art.

The fourth edition of the Technical Art History Colloquium will take place at the Mauritshuis, The Hague, in connection with the exhibition Vik Muniz –Verso. Lees meer…

Huib Zuidervaart over de geschiedenis van de Mercuriustransitie (European Space Agency)

On 9 May 2016 an intriguing and rare event will occur. Seen from some parts of the Earth, Mercury, the planet nearest to the Sun, will cross the Sun’s surface (Fig. 1a & 1b). Such a phenomenon is better known for the Moon, for during such an eclipse the sky noticeably darkens, so people know that something special is going on. But as Mercury is very, very small in comparison to the Sun, you might never know that it is happening.

Lees verder op de website van de European Space Agency (ESA)