8 fév. – Séminaire HSHI – Rebekah Higgit, « Greenwich near London »: The Royal Observatory and its London networks in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Séminaire Histoire des Sciences, Histoire de l’Innovation :

circulations, communications et civilisations matérielles en Europe (XVIIIe – XXIe s.)

« Greenwich near London »: The Royal Observatory and its London networks in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

 

Rebekah Higgit (University of Kent),

jeudi 8 février 2018 de 17h00 à 19h00,
à l’Institut des sciences de la communication (ISCC)
20 rue Berbier-du-Mets, Paris 13°, M° Gobelins (salle de conférences, rez-de-chaussée)

 

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich Hill, top, and the view of Greenwich and London seen from the hill, below. Coloured engraving, 1723.

 

Built in Greenwich, the Royal Observatory (f. 1675) was situated outside the capital but was nevertheless deeply enmeshed within its knowledge networks and communities. While the astronomers royal cultivated links with astronomical, mathematical and scholarly communities within Britain, Europe and beyond – contexts which have typically been of greatest interest to scholars of this famous institution – it was deeply reliant on London instrument makers, engaged with, and often produced, London’s teachers of navigation and mathematics, was an off-shoot of a government board and was overseen by a Board of Visitors selected by the city’s Royal Society. Moving away from conventionally inward-looking institutional histories and biographies of individual astronomers royal, this paper seeks to explore the Observatory’s contexts and connections over several generations. It will argue that the Observatory’s proximity to London and its relationships with London institutions were crucial to its evolution and shaped its governance, role in sharing knowledge and development of a particular, and ultimately widely influential, style of astronomical practice.

 

Prochaines séances du séminaire HSHI :

  • 15 février Andreas Fickers (Université du Luxembourg, Pr. Invité LabEx EHNE),Trafic – réflexions sur l’alignement de l’histoire des médias et du transport
  • 8 mars François-Mathieu Poupeau (CNRS/LATTS – Université Paris-Est), L’électricité et les pouvoirs locaux en France (1880-1980). Une autre histoire du service public
  • 15 mars Xue Fan (Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière), Histoire du neurone autour de la problématique de la connexion
  • 22 mars James Cohen (Institute for Transportation Systems – The City University of New York), A post-World War 2 history of American high speed rail, including transnational relationships between France, Japan, the United States
  • 29 mars Laurent Rollet (Université de Lorraine / Ecole nationale supérieure en génie des systèmes et de l’innovation, Laboratoire d’histoire des sciences et de philosophie – Archives Henri Poincaré), Administrer le Bureau des longitudes en temps de Guerre (1914-1918)
  • 5 avril Hans Otto Frøland and Mats Ingulstad (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim), European integration and the quest natural resources
  • 12 avril  Matthew B. Crawford, à propos du livre Contact – pourquoi nous avons perdu le monde, et comment le retrouver (La Découverte, 2016)

 


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