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*           ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR THE HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY            *
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*        Published by the Work Group for the History of Astronomy         *
*                  in the Astronomische Gesellschaft                      *
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*                     Number 2, February 28, 1994                         *
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*                           A translation of                              *
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*          ELEKTRONISCHE MITTEILUNGEN ZUR ASTRONOMIEGESCHICHTE            *
*                        Nr. 2,  6. Februar 1994                          *
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*          Edited by: Dr. Wolfgang R. Dick <wdi@potsdam.ifag.de>          *
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*      Translated by: Donald Bellunduno <76450.1741@CompuServe.COM>       *
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Annual Report 1993
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(To be published in "Mitteilungen der Astronomischen Gesellschaft")

Work Group for the History of Astronomy in the Astronomische Gesellschaft

1. Membership

Up until the 1st. December, 1993, the work group has acquired 104
subscribing members and in addition 200 friends of the "Mitteilungen zur
Astronomiegeschichte".

2. Meetings and publications of the work group

Splinter-meeting on the "Development of Astrophysics," on October 1, 1993
in Bochum (34 participants, 20 lectures and posters; Abstracts in
Astronomische Gesellschaft Abstract Series No. 9, 1993)

Mitteilungen zur Astronomiegeschichte: Nr. 2, June 1993; Nr. 3, 
Special issue Nr. 1, December 1993. Editor: W. R. Dick 

Membership list, December 1993

3. Publications by members of the work group

Because of space constrictions, we will be listing neither those
publications which have appeared in well-known astronomical magazines, nor
those which stems from fellow-workers of the Astronomical Institutes
publishing yearly reports in Mitt. AG. Among those fellow-workers are:
R.BIEN und R.JAEHRLING (Heidelberg, ARI), P.BROSCHE und E.H.GEYER (Bonn,
Sternwarte), H.W.DUERBECK (Muenster), H.-J.SCHMIDT (Potsdam,
WIP-Projektgruppen Astronomie).

BIALAS, V.: Columbus 1492 - Beginn einer neuen Weltordnung [Columbus 1492
- beginning of a new world order]. Topos 1, 39, 1993

BIALAS, V.: Wissenschaft muss zum Ganzen zurueckfinden. Zur Revision des
Galilei-Urteils durch den Vatikan. [The whole of science must be
completely redicovered. On the revision of the Vatican's judgement of
Galileo.] Phys. Bl. 49, 879, 1993

BIALAS, V., GROESSING, H. (Eds.): Johannes Kepler, Gesammelte Werke
[collected works], Vol. XI, 2: Calendaria et Prognostica/Astronomica
minora/Somnium.  Muenchen: Verlag C.H.Beck, 1993. 563 S.

BUSCHMANN, E.: 200 Jahre franzoesische Gradmessung zur Bestimmung der
Laenge des Meters [200 Years of French arc measurements to determine the
length of the meter]. Allgemeine Vermessungs-Nachrichten 100, 84, 1993

BUSCHMANN, E.: Ernst Kohlschuetter zum Gedenken [In memory of Ernst
Kohlschuetter]. Allgemeine Vermessungs-Nachrichten 100, 200, 1993

DICK, W.R.: Martin Bartels als Lehrer von Carl Friedrich Gauss [Martin
Bartels as teacher of Carl Friedrich Gauss].  Mitteilungen der
Gauss-Gesellschaft e.V. Goettingen 30, 59, 1993

DICK, W.R.: F. W. Bessel und die russische Wissenschaft - Anmerkungen zum
Aufsatz von K. K. Lavrinovic [F. W. Bessel and Russian Science - Comments
on an article by K. K. Lavrinovic]. NTM, Neue Serie 1, 259, 1993

HAMEL, Juergen: Zentralkatalog alter astronomischer Drucke in den
Bibliotheken der deutschen Bundeslaender Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
Brandenburg, Berlin, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thueringen und Sachsen [Central
catalog of old astronomical prints in the libraries of the German Federal
Counties of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Berlin, Sachsen-Anhalt,
Thueringen and Sachsen]. Teil 5 [Part 5].  Berlin-Treptow:
Archenhold-Sternwarte 1993

HAMEL, J.: Wissenschaft auf Abwegen? Ideologie und Wissenschaft in der
Wirkungsgeschichte der Kantschen Kosmogonie bis um 1800 [Science gone
astray? Ideology and science in the History of movement in Kantian
Cosmology up until 1800]. In: H.Kattenstedt (Ed.):
"Grenz-Ueberschreitung", Wandlungen der Geisteshaltung. Bochum 1993, p.
33

HAMEL, J., TIEMANN, K.-H. (Eds.): Alexander von Humboldt ueber das
Universum. Die Kosmosvortraege 1827/28 in der Berliner Singakademie
[Alexander von Humboldt on the Universe. The lectures on the cosmos
1827/28 in the Berliner Singakademie].  Frankfurt a.M., Leipzig: Insel
Verlag, 1993. 235 S.

HARTL, G., MAERKER, K., TEICHMANN, J., WOLFSCHMIDT, G.: Planeten - Sterne
- Welteninseln. Astronomie im Deutschen Museum [Planets - Stars - World
islands. Astronomy in the German Museum]. Muenchen: Deutsches Museum,
1993. 248 S.

HENTSCHEL, K.: The discovery of the redshift of solar Fraunhofer lines by
Rowland and Jewell in Baltimore around 1890. Historical Studies in the
Physical and Biological Sciences 23, 219, 1993

HENTSCHEL, K.: The conversion of St. John: A case study on the interplay
of theory and experiment. Science in Context 6, 137, 1993

HERBST, K.-D.: Messen mittels Mikrometer in Astronomie und Technik
[Measurements with the micrometer in astronomy and technology].  Dresdener
Beitraege zur Geschichte der Technikwissenschaften [Dresden contributions
to the History of the Science of Technology] 21, 90, 1993

HOLL, M.: Pater [Father] Angelo Secchi S. J. (1818-1878). Sonne [Sun] 17,
51, 1993

HOLL, M.: Astronomische Gedenktage [Astronomical days of reflection] (Cuno
Hoffmeister, Walter Baade/ Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, Pater Angelo
Secchi S.J./ Pieter Zeeman, Rudolf Wolf). Sternkieker [Stargazer], pp. 18,
80, 184, 1993

LOCHER, K.: New arguments for the celestial location of the decanal belt
and for the origins of the S3h-hieroglyph. In: Sesto Congresso
Internazionale di Egittologia. Atti. Vol. II, Torino 1993, p. 279

MARWINSKI, T.: Christian Gotthilf Salzmann's populaere Himmelskunde.
Auszuege aus dem "Boten aus Thueringen" von 1798 bis 1800 [Christian
Gotthilf Salzmann's popular Astronomy.  Extracts of the "Messengers from
Thueringen" from 1798 to 1800]. Weimar, 1993.  40 S.

STRUMPF, M.: Zur Baugeschichte der Gothaer Sternwarten [On the historical
buildings of the Gotha Observatories]. Gothaer Museumsheft 1993, Beitraege
zur Regionalgeschichte, S. 35

TIEMANN, K.-H.: Die Popularisierung der Wissenschaften durch Alexander von
Humboldt [The poplarization of science through Alexander von Humboldt].
In: M.Guntau, P.Hardetert, M.Pape (Eds.): Alexander von Humboldt, Natur
als Idee und Abenteuer, Ausstellungsband. Essen 1993, S.  107

WOLFSCHMIDT, G.: The Doppler Effect in 19th century astronomy. 
Acta Polytechnica 33, 13, 1993

WOLFSCHMIDT, G.: Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) - Revolutionaer wider
Willen. Begleitbuch zur Ausstellung im Bayerischen Hauptstaatsarchiv 1993
[Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) - unwilling revolutionary.
Accompanying book to the exhibit in the Bavarian State's main archive
1993].  Publikationsreihe der Ost- und Westpreussenstiftung in Bayern, Bd.
23, Muenchen, 1993. 150 S.

WOLFSCHMIDT, G.: Nicolaus Copernicus - Renaissance-Gelehrter und
Revolutionaer wider Willen [Nicolaus Copernicus - Renaissance-Scholar and
unwilling revolutionary].  Copernicus - Das Magazin fuer die
Universitaeten Berlins 1, 16, 1993

                                                   P.Brosche, W.R.Dick

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Conference Calendar
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16. February, Berlin
H.W.Duerbeck: On the History of the exploration of our Solar System.
Archenhold-Observatory Berlin-Treptow, 8 pm
(Archenhold-Observatory, Alt-Treptow 1, 12435 Berlin, Tel. 030-2318080)

27.-29. May, Chambery and Geneve, Switzerland
Societe Internationale de L'Astrolabe, Reunion 1994
(Societe Internationale de L'Astrolabe, 24, rue du Buisson Richard,
F-78600 Le mesnil-Le-Roi)

23.-26. September, Halle
77th Annual Assemly of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Geschichte der
Medizin, Naturwissenschaft und Technik [German Society for the History of
Medicine, Natural Science and Technology], Subject-theme "Subjectivity and
Science" (Dr. P. Voswinckel, Institut fuer Medizin- und
Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Koenigstrasse 42, D-23552 Luebeck, Tel.
0451-75732, Fax 0451-74689)

5.-9. Dezember, Sonneberg
IAU Colloqium 151, Flares and Flashes, A multi-wavelength approach to
short-term phenomena. In honour of the 65th birthday of G.A.Richter and
W.Wenzel. (Dr.H.W.Duerbeck, Astronomisches Institut der Westfaelischen
Wilhelms-Universitaet, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, D-48149 Muenster, E-mail:
iauc151@cygnus.uni-muenster.de or MPE::IAUC151)

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To all astrohistorians

>From Joe Tenn, Chair, ASP History Committee

The "106th annual meeting" of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
will be held in Flagstaff, AZ, USA, June 25 - July 1, 1994.  During this
meeting, in celebration of the centennial of one of our host
institutions, the Lowell Observatory, the ASP history committee will
present the following sessions on the history of astronomy:

Tuesday morning 28 June 1994:  THE LOWELL OBSERVATORY IN TWENTIETH 
CENTURY ASTRONOMY (6 invited lectures)

Tuesday afternoon, 28 June: PREHISTORIC ASTRONOMY (one invited lecture;
contributed papers welcome)

Wednesday, 29 June:  ARCHAEOASTRONOMY TOUR
Carpool to local sites of astronomical interest.

Thursday morning 30 June:  HISTORY OF PLANETARY ASTRONOMY
3 invited lectures

Thursday afternoon,30 June:  HISTORIC ASTRONOMY
contributed papers welcome
 
All are invited to attend the history sessions whether or not they
attend other sessions of the ASP meeting. (Other sessions include
scientific symposia on "Completing the Inventory of the Solar System"
and "Multiple Telescope Robotic Observatories," public lectures, star
parties, teachers' workshops, and tours).

If you wish to present a paper (poster or 15-minute talk) on any topic
in the history of astronomy, please contact:

Joseph S. Tenn
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
USA
Internet:  joe.tenn@sonoma.edu
phone:  707-664-2594    fax: 707-664-2505

For further information regarding the overall ASP meeting, please
contact the ASP office:

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
390 Ashton Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
U.S.A.
Internet:  asp@bkyast.berkeley.edu
phone: 415-337-1100    fax: 415-337-5205

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Museums and Exhibits
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In early summer 1994 a new scientific/historic museum will be opened on
the University Campus in Aarhus, Denmark. It consists of three buildings:
A division for scientific history, a division for the history of medicine,
and in the middle a planetarium. This museum unifies two museums, which
were before divided in Aarhus.  Address: Dr.scient.K.P.Moesgaard,
Direktor, STENO Museum, C.F.Moellers Alle, bygn. 100, Universitetsparken,
DK-8000 Aarhus C, Tel.: +45 8942 3975, Fax: +45 8942 3995.  
(Source: Nachrichtenblatt der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Geschichte der
Medizin, Naturwissenschaft und Technik, 43 (1993) 3, S. 169f.)

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New Books
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Betts, Jonathan: John Harrison.  Greenwich: National Maritime Museum,
1993.  Pp. 25. L 3.95.

Bialas, Volker; Groessing, Helmuth (Eds.): Johannes Kepler Gesammelte
Werke [collected works], Vol. XI, 2: Calendaria et Prognostica/Astronomica
minora/Somnium.  Bearbeitet von Volker Bialas und Helmuth Groessing.
Muenchen: Verlag C.H.Beck, 1993.  563 S.

Brather, Hans-Stephan (Ed.): Leibniz und seine Akademie. Ausgewaehlte
Quellen zur Geschichte der Berliner Sozietaet der Wissenschaften [Leibniz
and his Academy. Selected sources on the History of the Berlin Academy of
Science] 1697-1716.  Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1993.  XLIV, 471 S. ISBN
3-05-001795-3, DM 198,-.  [also on the Berlin Observatory]

Grant, Edward: Planets, Stars, and Orbs. The Medieval Cosmos, 1200-1687.
Cambrige: Cambridge University Press, 1993 (?).  Pp. 900. $ 69.95.

HAMEL, Juergen: Zentralkatalog alter astronomischer Drucke in den
Bibliotheken der deutschen Bundeslaender Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
Brandenburg, Berlin, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thueringen und Sachsen [Central
catalog of old astronomical prints in the libraries of the German Federal
Counties of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Berlin, Sachsen-Anhalt,
Thueringen and Sachsen]. Teil 5 [Part 5].  Berlin-Treptow:
Archenhold-Sternwarte 1993, pp. 379-464

HAMEL, J., TIEMANN, K.-H. (Eds.): Alexander von Humboldt ueber das
Universum. Die Kosmosvortraege 1827/28 in der Berliner Singakademie
[Alexander von Humboldt on the Universe. The lectures on the cosmos
1827/28 in the Berliner Singakademie].  Frankfurt a.M., Leipzig: Insel
Verlag, 1993. 235 S.  ISBN 3-458-33240-5, DM 16,80.

Hawking, Stephen: Einsteins Traum. Expeditionen an die Grenzen der
Raumzeit [Einstein's Dream. Expeditions on the Borders of Time and Space].
Aus dem Englischen von [Translated from English by] H. Kober.  Reinbeck
bei Hamburg: Rowohlt Verlag, 1993.  192 S. DM 36,-.  [Autobiography]

Helmert, Friedrich Robert: Akademie-Vortraege [Academy-Lectures].
(Nachrichten aus den Karten- und Vermessungswesen, Reihe I, H.Nr. 109)
Frankfurt a.M.: Verlag des Instituts fuer Angewandte Geodaesie, 1993.  369
S.  [Sales Department: Institut fuer Angewandte Geodaesie, Aussenstelle
Berlin, Stauffenbergstrasse 13, D-10785 Berlin; Contains among others:
Recommendation for the election of F.R.Helmert to OM of the 16. November
1899 of Hermann Carl Vogel among those, election recommendation for Sir
George Howard Darwin to KM of 1908 by F.R.Helmert (both from archive
sources)]

Hetherington, Norriss S. (Ed.): Encyclopedia of Cosmology. Historical,
Philosophical, and Scientific Foundations of Modern Cosmology.  (Garland
reference library of the humanities, vol. 1250) New York, London: Garland
Publishing, 1993.  ISBN 0-8240-7213-8

Linsky, Jeffrey F.; Serio, Salvatore; (Ed.): Physics of solar and stellar
coronae: G.S. Vaiana Memorial Symposium.  Proceedings of a conference of
the International Astronomical Union, held in Palermo, Italy, 22-26 June,
1992.  (Astrophysics and Space Science Library, Vol. 184) Dordrecht,
Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1993.  Pp.  XIV, 650. ISBN
0-7923-2346-7

Litvinova, E.F.: V.Ya.Struve. Ego zhizn' i uchenaya deyatel'nost'
[W.Struve. His life and scientific work; in Russian].  S.-Peterburg:
Redakciya filosofsko-relig. i literat. al'manakha "Revers", 1993.  Pp.
74+8.  [p. 66-74: English summary; about Struve, F.G.W. (1793-1864);
Reprint of a book published in 1893]

Mucke, Hermann (Ed.): Sonnenuhren. Schrift des 19.  Sternfreundeseminars
1991 des Planetariums der Stadt Wien [Sun Dials.  Script of the 19th.
seminar of the friends of the stars of the Planetarium of the City of
Wien].  Wien, 1993.  166 S. OeS 195,-.

Osterbrock, Donald E.: Pauper & Prince: Ritchey, Hale, and big American
telescopes.  Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1993.  Pp. XVIII,
362. ISBN 0-8165-1199-3, $ 45.00.

Pedersen, Olaf: Early Physics and Astronomy. A Historical Introduction.
Second edition.  Cambrige: Cambridge University Press, 1993.  Pp. X, 413.
ISBN 0-521-40899-7, L 19.95 (pbk), 0-521-40340-5 (hbk).  [Revised edition;
first published by Macdonald and James and American Elsevier 1974]

Robertson, Peter: Beyond southern skies. Radio astronomy and the Parkes
telescope.  Cambrige: Cambridge University Press, 1993.  Pp. XI, 357.
ISBN 0-521-41408-3, L 40.00, $ 75.00.

Sharov, Alexander S.; Novikov, Igor' Dmitrievich: Edwin Hubble, the
Discoverer of the Big Bang Universe. Translated by Vitaly Kisin.
Cambrige: Cambridge University Press, 1993.  Pp. XV, 187. ISBN
0-521-41617-5, L 19.95.

The Stargazer of Tow Law.  Tow Law (GB): The Tow Law Local History
Group, 1993.  Pp. 53. ISBN 0-9519036-0-8, L 2.50.
[Sales: 27 Attlee Estate, Tow Law, Co. Durham DL13 4LG, Great Britain;
on Espin, T.H.E.C.]

Tropp, Eduard Abramovich; Frenkel', Viktor Yakovlevich; Chernin, Artur
Davidovich: Alexander A. Friedman: The man who made the universe expand.
Translated by Alexander Dron and Michael Burov.  Cambrige: Cambridge
University Press, 1993.  Pp. X, 267. ISBN 0-521-38470-2, L 30.00/$49.95.

Wilhelms, Don E.: To a Rocky Moon. A Geologist's History of Lunar
Exploration.  Tucson, London: The University of Arizona Press, 1993.  Pp.
XX, 479. ISBN 0-8165-1065-2, $ 29.95.

WOLFSCHMIDT, G.: Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) - Revolutionaer wider
Willen. Begleitbuch zur Ausstellung im Bayerischen Hauptstaatsarchiv 1993
[Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) - unwilling revolutionary.
Accompanying book to the exhibit in the Bavarian State's main archive
1993].  Publikationsreihe der Ost- und Westpreussenstiftung in Bayern, Bd.
23, Muenchen, 1993. 150 S.  2nd edition: Copernicus-Forschungsstelle im
Institut fuer Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften der
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Muenchen 1993

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Personnel
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Dr. Klaus Hentschel (Goettingen), member of the work group in the History
of Astronomy, was in March awarded the Paul-Brugge-Prize of the Hans R.
Jenemann Foundation. The prize which grants the winner 10.000 DM, is given
for works on the history of scientific instruments. 
(Source: Nachrichtenblatt der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Geschichte der
Medizin, Naturwissenschaft und Technik, 43 (1993) 3, S. 115f.)

On the 24th. of Sept. the Rudolf-Kellermann-Prize was granted to Marcus
Popplow, M.A., Heidelberg, for his work "Von der machina zur Maschine? Zur
Verwendung von lat. machina im Mittelalter und in der Fruehen Neuzeit
[From machina to the machine? The use of Latin word machina in Middle Ages
and in early modern times]", in which he also gave a new interpretation of
the cosmological texts from the Middle Ages on the concept: "machina
mundi". (ib., pp. 122 and 125-127)

The mathematician Maria Reiche, (born in Germany, and 90 years old) has
for the last ten years studied and protected the famous Nazca Figures in
Peru [Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau 46, 155 (1993)]. In May 1993 she
was awarded the highest honor by the Order of the Sun in Lima, Peru.  From
her subsequent geometric inspection, and abundant calculations of the
scratch-pictures of animals, she has determined that a calendar for
cultivation and determining the positions of the heavenly bodies exists on
the figures.  (Source: Naturwiss. Rdsch. 46(1993)12, S. 493)

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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For information we thank: V.Bialas (Muenchen), E.Buschmann
(Potsdam), H.W.Duerbeck (Muenster), K.Locher (Gruet, Switzerland),
G.Wolfschmidt (Muenchen).

Thanks are also due to Julian A. Smith (Toronto, Candada) for a critical 
reading of the English version.

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