The Craft of Early Astronomy: Making Books, Globes and Instruments in the Sixteenth Century.

Speaker: Prof Jim Bennett # Linacre College, Oxford

30th Apr 2014

17:30 - 18:30

Teviot Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

Astronomy is understandably considered the most theoretically advanced of the sciences in the Renaissance. To engage seriously with astronomy required an advanced ability in mathematics. Yet many leading astronomers were directly engaged with the production of books and instruments. In aspects of their work they were printers and makers. This lecture approaches sixteenth-century astronomy from the unusual perspective of craft practice. The Crawford Collection and other resources in libraries and museums demonstrate that early astronomy was crafted as well as reasoned.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.