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*           ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR THE HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY            *
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*      Published by the Working Group for the History of Astronomy        *
*                  in the Astronomische Gesellschaft                      *
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*                    Number 31, September 10, 1998                        *
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*                     Edited by: Wolfgang R. Dick                         *
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Contents
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1. Meeting of the Working Group for the History of Astronomy during the
      International Conference of the Astronomische Gesellschaft -
      Programme

2. Michael J. Crowe: Fourth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop

3. Bart Fried: The Antique Telescope Society and its Journal

4. Emily Gillingham: Metascience - A review journal for history and
      philosophy of science

5. Charles A. Wood: A new Web site: Exploring the Moon

6. New book on astrolabes

Imprint

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Item 1                                           ENHA No. 31, Sep. 10, 1998
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Meeting of the Working Group for the History of Astronomy during the
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International Conference of the Astronomische Gesellschaft
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Programme
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(From: "Elektronische Mitteilungen zur Astronomiegeschichte" Nr. 33,
8. September 1998, Item 1, sligtly abridged. Partial translations by the
editor.)


Sunday, 13 September 1998

Informal gathering in the restaurant, "Da Claudia", Brueckenstrasse 14, in
Heidelberg, from around 7 pm, open end.

Monday, 14 September 1998

Place: Campus of Heidelberg University (Neuenheimer Feld 308), Hoersaal
[Lecture room] 2 in the Central Area of "Theoretikum", building 306

9:00 Welcome

9:10 Reinhold Bien (Heidelberg): A history of local astronomy

9:30 Andreas Haenel (Osnabrueck): Do megalithic graves have an astronomical
orientation? A European perspective

9:50 Harald Gropp (Heidelberg): Some remarks on the calendar of Coligny

10:10 Heiner Lichtenberg (Bonn): Zur Verknuepfung des Sonnen- und
Mondkalenders im Gregorianischen Kalender

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Ari Belenkiy (Israel): Kepler's Ellipse and Jewish Astronomical
Tradition

11:20 Elvira Pfitzner (Chemnitz): Doerffelforschung - Moeglichkeiten und
Grenzen

11:40 Ulrich Bastian (Heidelberg): Bessel's Parallax of 61 Cygni Visualized

12:00 Lunch

14:00 Colin Humphreys (Cambridge, UK): The Star of Bethlehem, a Comet in 5
BC, and the Date of the Millenium

14:40 Manfred Schuermeyer (Dreieich): The Comet of Bethlehem and its year of
appearance

15:00 Wolfgang Czegka (Bruehl): Wilhelm Schickard, Isaac Habrecht and the
first empirical meteor height determination in 1623

15:20 Break

15:30 Wolfgang Kokott (Munich/Bonn): Variations of a Constant - On the
History of Precession

15:50 Gudrun Wolfschmidt (Hamburg): Max Wolf as a Pioneer of
Astrophotography

16:10 Wolfgang R. Dick (Potsdam): Encyclopedias of Astronomical Biographies
- Status and Prospects

16:30 Assembly of the members of the Working Group for the History of
Astronomy (guests are welcome)

Abstracts of the papers were published in "Astronomische Gesellschaft
Abstract Series" No. 14, Hamburg 1998, p. 75-81. These are available in
electronic form at the Astrophysics Data System (ADS). Links to the
abstracts of the papers listed above are to be found in
http://www.astro.uni-bonn.de/~pbrosche/aa/treffen1998-e.html . There are
also links to the complete programme of the conference, as well as to
documents about the history of astronomy in Heidelberg, to museums and
to general information about this city.


Other events

Monday, 14 September, to Friday, 18 September 1998

International Scientific Conference of the Astronomische Gesellschaft

The following poster paper (P 121) has been submitted:

Johann Dorschner (Jena): Max Wolf and the Thuringian Private Astronomer
Anton Thraen

Wednesday, 16 September 1998

Tour of the Landessternwarte (Observatory) Heidelberg-Koenigstuhl

At 3 pm you may visit the Landessternwarte on the Koenigstuhl hill.

Saturday, 19 September 1998

Programme for teachers

The programme includes also:

Heiner Lichtenberg (Bonn): Zeitrechnung im Gregorianischen Kalender - ein
Schulthema?


Please send all requests to the coordinator of the meeting:

Dr. Reinhold Bien, Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Moenchhofstr. 12-14,
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany, Tel.: (06221) 405-120, Fax: (06221) 405-297,
e-mail: reinhold@ari.uni-heidelberg.de

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Item 2                                           ENHA No. 31, Sep. 10, 1998
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Fourth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop
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By Michael J. Crowe, Notre Dame, IN


The Fourth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop will be held July 1-4,
1999 at the University of Notre Dame. Co-Program Chairs are Mike Crowe and
Steve Dick. Matt Dowd will serve as local arrangements chair. Persons
having suggestions or proposals should write as soon as possible to either

Steven J. Dick
U.S. Naval Observatory
3450 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20392-5420, USA
E-mail: dick@ariel.usno.navy.mil
tel.: 202-762-1438

or to

Michael J. Crowe
Program of Liberal Studies
Univ. of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
E-mail: Crowe.1@nd.edu
tel.: 219-631-6212.

Registration information can be obtained from

Astronomy
Center for Continuing Education
Univ. of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
E-mail: cce.cce.1@nd.edu

Local Arrangements information can be secured from

Matthew F. Dowd
Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science
Univ. of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
E-mail: Matthew.F.Dowd.11@nd.edu
tel.: 219-287-7226

The workshop is sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Science Graduate
Program of the University of Notre Dame, the History of Astronomy Special
Interest Group of the History of Science Society, and the Historical
Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society.

Regarding transportation, flights come to the South Bend Airport from a
number of major cities. Persons arriving via Chicago can take the United
Limo Bus, which runs from the United Terminal at O'Hare Airport directly to
the Notre Dame campus. Round-trip fare is $52. For a schedule and
reservations, call United Limo at (800)833-5555. For those driving, ample
parking is available. A campus map and parking information will be sent in
the CCE information packet.

The conference will include a book exhibit and display tables.
Participants are welcome to bring materials to display. Please contact
Matt Dowd with regard to how much space will be needed.

The sixty-five historians of astronomy who attended the Third Biennial
History of Astronomy Workshop, held at Notre Dame in June, 1997, praised
the lively and informed sessions, the comfortable and informal atmosphere,
and the reasonable room rates. Further information will be forthcoming.
For the present, please mark your calendar and pass the word!

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Item 3                                           ENHA No. 31, Sep. 10, 1998
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The Antique Telescope Society and its Journal
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By Bart Fried, Plymouth Meeting, PA

(From: "Elektronische Mitteilungen zur Astronomiegeschichte" Nr. 33,
8. September 1998, Item 3.)


The Antique Telescope Society is an international non-profit society
whose purpose is to unite colleagues interested in antique astronomical
telescopes, binoculars, instruments, books, atlases, and related items.
It's further purpose is to promote the membership's interests in
astronomical history and discovery, the history of optics, and the
preservation and use of these instruments through stewardship and
education. The principal activities of the society are publishing a
regular journal, organizing meetings, providing assistance with the
restoration of instruments, hosting shows and displays, preserving
historical data and guiding collectors.

The Journal of the Antique Telescope Society is an 18-24 page, 21.5 cm x 
28 cm soft-covered volume printed on glossy paper and illustrated with
black and white photographs, drawings and diagrams, etc. Articles have
been of a very high caliber, including much new or re-discovered
information about the history of telescope making. Submissions are
peer-reviewed for accuracy and letters and requests for information are
published.

Yearly conventions have been at such interesting and prestigious places
as the Herschel Society/Bath, England; U.S. Naval Observatory; Yerkes
Observatory; Lick Observatory; Chabot Observatory; Ricard Observatory;
Mt. Wilson Observatory; Sproul Observatory and Palomar Observatory.

Membership in the society is currently $40.00 US for each four Journal
issues, published 3-4 times per year.

For more information, visit the society's Web site:

   http://www1.tecs.com/oldscope/
   
(Please note that the site will soon be updated, and the address
might change.)
 
To join the ATS or get further information, please contact:

Dr. Walter Breyer, ATS Secretary
1275 Poplar Grove Road
Cumming, GA 30041
USA
e-mail: whbreyer@mindspring.com

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Metascience - A review journal for history and philosophy of science
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By Emily Gillingham, Oxford

(From: "Elektronische Mitteilungen zur Astronomiegeschichte" Nr. 33,
8. September 1998, Item 4.)


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reviews of books in history and philosophy of science, science and
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Item 5                                           ENHA No. 31, Sep. 10, 1998
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A new Web site: Exploring the Moon
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By Charles A. Wood, Grand Forks, ND

(From: "Elektronische Mitteilungen zur Astronomiegeschichte" Nr. 33,
8. September 1998, Item 5.)


In ENHA No. 19 (April 9, 1997, Item 4) I mentioned that I was developing a
web site about the Moon and the history of its explorations. The site,
Exploring the Moon, is now available at:

http://www.space.edu/moon

One goal is documentation of all significant studies of the Moon,
especially the classical era from Gilbert, Harriot and Galileo through
Apollo. Currently more than 100 books, maps and planetary missions are
briefly described - some with photos and text excerpts.

A second goal is compilation of a virtual photographic atlas of the Moon. 
Presently there are about 25 different regions depicted, both from high 
quality amateur and professional photos.

The third major section is an online version of the Lunar & Planetary Lab 
(Tucson) Catalog of Lunar Craters, which I lead nearly 30 years ago. This 
unpublished catalog of lunar crater positions, diameters and depths 
should be online in a few weeks.

Necessarily, this web site is incomplete. I strongly encourage students 
of the Moon to send me corrections, comments and additions - any of which 
can be entered on the site along with the name of the contributor.


Author's address:

Charles A. Wood                    Tel: 701-777-3167
Space Studies                      FAX: 701-777-3711
Univ. of North Dakota              VolcanoWorld: volcano.und.edu
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9008         Space Studies: www.space.edu
                                   E-mail: cwood@badlands.nodak.edu

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Item 6                                           ENHA No. 31, Sep. 10, 1998
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New book on astrolabes
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(From: "Elektronische Mitteilungen zur Astronomiegeschichte" Nr. 33,
8. September 1998, Item 6.)


The History of Astronomy Department of the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy
Museum, Chicago, is pleased to announce the publication of Western
Astrolabes by Roderick and Marjorie Webster. This book is the inaugural
volume of our catalogue project documenting the Adler's collection of
historic scientific instruments and rare books.

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum is home to one of the world's
great collections of astrolabes. In this volume Marjorie and the late
Roderick Webster, Adler Curators Emeriti, have carefully documented 47
astrolabes, astrolabe-quadrants, and mariner's astrolabes. The book is
lavishly illustrated with photographs showing the front, the back, and
additional details (such as the maker's signature) of each instrument.
Introductory essays by the Websters and former Adler curator Sara
Schechner Genuth explain the use of the astrolabe and its role in cultural
and social history.

For more information, to read a sample entry, or to obtain an order form,
please go to the web site http://astro.uchicago.edu/adler/historybooks/.
You may also request a brochure/order form to be sent via regular mail by
contacting us at the Email address historybooks@adlernet.org.

Future volumes currently underway include: Eastern Astrolabes, Sundials (2
volumes), Star Charts (2 volumes), and Optical Instruments. Other volumes
will include: Clocks and Watches, Globes and Armillary Spheres,
Navigational Instruments, and more.


(Contributed by Bruce Stephenson, Chicago, IL)

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