Avec Rebekah Higgit, University of Kent.

Jeudi 8 février 2018, 17h à 19h

Institut des sciences de la communication
20 rue Berbier-du-Mets, Paris 13e
Métro 7 « Les Gobelins »

Séminaire Histoire des sciences, histoire de l’innovation

"Greenwich near London" : The Royal Observatory and its London networks in the 17th and 18th centuries

8 février 2018, 17h à 19h, ISCC

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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.