A new exhibit in the lobby of the History of Science Collections opens today:
The Copernican Century: A tribute to Robert Westman
The exhibit features works by 16th-century astronomers such as Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Regiomontanus, Erasmus Reinhold, Ursus, Gallucci, Peurbach, Zuniga and Galileo. In preparing this exhibit we were assisted by Margaret Gaida, graduate student in the Department of the History of Science.
The exhibit is prepared in conjunction with a public lecture Monday evening, April 30, by Robert S. Westman: Copernicus and the Astrologers. This presentation, to be held at 7 p.m. in the Fred Jones and Mary Eddy Auditorium, located in the Fred Jones, Jr., Museum of Art, is sponsored by the History of Science Graduate Student Association, the Speakers Bureau and UOSA, the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of the History of Science.
The Copernican Question (University of California Press, 2011), a study of Copernicus and 16th-century astronomy by Robert S. Westman, represents a true magnum opus, the kind of masterful analysis that appears once in a generation. From at least 1975, when Westman published The Copernican Achievement (University of California Press), he has pursued a richly productive and provocative scholarly career.
No appointment is necessary; the exhibit will be available for viewing through the end of May. The exhibit is open during the regular hours of the History of Science Collections, which is located on the 5th floor of Bizzell Library. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 325-2741.