Local Organizing Committee
International Conference of
the European Society for the History of Science in Krakow 2006
Krakow and Poland
the Jagiellonian University Museum
The central theme of the symposium is
East and West: The Common European
The evolution of science through the ages has been stimulated by the
political and economical situation, which was and still is in some particular
regions of the world. It results from the directions and speed of the evolution
of science, as well as from tools employed by it. Plenty of inventions and
scientific discoveries appeared as a result of some historical circumstances
which overlapped apart from the scientific attitudes of scholar's or inventor's
Thus, at the same time they have an essential effect on his achievements.
The Lands of Central Europe which found their geographic position under the
impact of East and West have special experiences based on such circumstances.
These influences has been functioned in both directions. Science in this part of
Europe drew extensively from the West. At the same time the scholars, as well as
mechanics, migrated, and that strengthened the scientific potential to develop
the art of making of scientific instruments in Western Europe. Did the mutual
relations and influences become an element which enriched the European science
heritage? In this context we can try to interpret questions considering the
history of the making of scientific instruments.
The XXV Scientific Instruments Symposium will be held at the
Museum in the building called Collegium Maius. Coffe and tea will be
served in the Museum, lunches will be served near the Museum.
Collegium Maius is the seat of the Jagiellonian University Museum, that is
the oldest university in Poland. The Krakow Academy was founded by the Polish
King Casimir the Great in 1364. History of the first building goes back to the
year 1400, when King Ladislaus Jagie≥≥o purchased the house and donated it to