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Johannes Kepler: Astronomia nova, 1609.

Johannes Kepler: Astronomia nova, 1609.

Celestial Mechanics

A Changing Cosmos

Johannes Kepler: Astronomia nova, 1609.

Celestial Mechanics

A Changing Cosmos

How does our perception of the night sky change depending on its astronomical description? Is what we see contingent on the particular cosmology? As part of the lecture series “The Nature of Perception – the Art of Deception” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the physicist Dr. Stefan Zieme provides insights into aspects of astronomy in antiquity, the Renaissance, and the early modern period.

The talk will focus on the question of whether and how seeing and evidence are connected to astronomical models. It subsequently will compare the historical cosmologies with the understanding of space and time as proposed in the general theory of relativity.

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Lecture series "The Nature of Perception - the Art of Peception"

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Stefan Zieme is a postdoctoral fellow at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory “Image, Knowledge, Gestaltung” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research focuses on the cultural history and the history of knowledge of the astronomical, physical, and mathematical sciences of the Renaissance and early modern period, especially with regard to the epistemological significance of images. Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics in Stockholm and earned his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam. Stefan Zieme’s current projects are on the astral significance in Renaissance art and the relevance of drawing in the astro-mathematical sciences of the early modern period.



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