Descartes-Huygens Lezing by John Bennett Shank about “Newtonian” mechanics in France around 1700 (16 June 2016)

On 16 June Prof. John Bennett Shank (University of Minnesota) will be giving the 9th annual Descartes-Huygens lecture, titled: ‘There was no such thing as the ‘Newtonian Revolution’ and the French initiated It. Making ‘Newtonian?’ mechanics in France around 1700.’ The lecture is a joint initiative of the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities (Utrecht University) and Huygens ING. Read more…

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. Read more…

Huib Zuidervaart on history of the Transition of Mercury (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.

Read more on the web site of the European Space Agency (ESA)