Scientific Instrument Commission

  2006 SIC Symposium

"East and West: the Common European Heritage"



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International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science in Krakow 2006

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Quick Menu: Sunday - Monday - Tuesday - Wenesday - Thursday - Friday

Welcomming reception - Official oppening - Common photo - Pararell visit and reception - Old city tour  

Visit to: Jagiellonian University Museum - pararell visit to the temporary exhibitions - Museum of Pharmacy - Polish Aviation Museum - Przypkowskis Museum in Jedrzejow

Sunday (September 10th)

Welcoming reception - visit of the Jagiellonian University Museum



17:00-21:00 Registration
19:00-20:00 Visit to the Jagiellonian University Museum
20:00-21:00 Guided tour



Monday (September 11th)

Official opening - Session I - Lunch - Session II - common photo - poster session - Pararel visit - Reception - City tour

Aula of Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences

Aula of the Polish Academy


9:00-9:25 Official opening

Session I - East-West – Cooperation, Competition and Trade

9:25-9:45 Gloria Clifton British Scientific Instrument Makers and the Transmission of Knowledge in Europe
9:45-10:05 Anita McConnell Ramsden's Workshop: Recruiting Craftsmen from East and West
10:05-10:25 Alison Morrison-Low From West to East: Nineteenth Century Scottish Lighthouse Technology in the Pacific Rim
10:25-10:45 Sara Schechner The Adventures of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas , and a Sundial
10:45-11:05 Robert D.Hicks Instruments of Science and Technology in Early Virginia, USA, and New Historical Perspectives
11:05-11:20 Coffee break
11:20-11:40 Michel Jean Morizet Fahlmer and Diebolt: two Instrument Dealers of Strasbourg at the End of the 18th century
11:40-12:00 Mathias Ullmann Scientific Instruments from Saxony in the Petersburg Art Collections
12:00-12:20 Ewa Wyka Liquefaction of Gases: its History and the Problems Surrounding the Discovery
12:20-13:40 Pedro Ruiz Castell

Pedro Ruiz-Castell, Ignacio de la Lastra

A communist instrument in Franco’s Spain
12:40-13:00 David Pantalony Propaganda or Education? The Controversy over the Importation of Soviet Scientific Instruments to America in 1959
13:00-13:15 Session summary
13:30-15:00 Lunch Chimera restaurant

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Session II - Shot at noon - Aspects of Artillery Instruments from Early Modern Europe

15:00-15:20 Wolfram Dolz Early Artillery Instruments - a Typology
15:20-15:40 Roland Schewe Artillery Instruments from the German National Museum - Art. Technology and Material Sources
15:40-16:00 Peter Plaßmeyer Strategic Games? Remarks on the Function of Artillery Instruments in Princely Collections
16:00-16:20 Silke Ackermann Insular Views? Artillery Instruments from England
16:20-16:30 Session summary

Courtyard of Collegium Maius, Jagiellońska 15

16:45-17:00 Common photo (courtyard)
17:00-17:30 Poster session
17:00-19:30 Parallel visit:  Interactive exhibition “Senses”, exhibition “Polish globes”, Reception
19:45-20:15 Krakow tour (electric cars)

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Tuesday (September 12th)

Pararell sessions: Sessions III and IV - Sessions V and VI - Lunch - Session VII - Reception in Museum of Pharmacy

Session III - From Kepler’s astronomy to the 20th century

Bobrzyński Room

9:00-9:20 Inga Elmqvist Söderlund The Identity of the Astronomer in 17th century Imagery - Instruments Used as Attributes
9:20-9:40 Yaakov Zik, Giora Hon Science and Instruments: Kepler's Optical Part of Astronomy
9:40-10:00 Susanne Débarbat Is Lacaille (1713-1762) the First in Attempting to Uniformize Instruments in View of a European Cooperation in Astronomy?
10:00-10:20 Peter Abrahams The Telescopes of William Lassel (1799-1880)
10:20-10:35 Coffee break
10:35-10:55 Kevin Johnson The 1876 Special Loan Exhibition; a Global Snapshot of Astronomy?
10:55-11:15 Klaus  Staubermann Instrument and Image: the Nineteenth century Astronomical Lantern Slide
11:15-11:35 Anna K. Zawada Tadeusz Banachiewicz (1882 – 1954) Director of the Krakow Observatory and Inventor of Chronocinematograph
11:35-11:40 Session summary
11:40-12:00 Coffee break

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Session IV - Instruments of 20th century


9:00-9:20 Leonardo Gariboldi Studying Cosmic Ray Physics in Milan: the Four Cloud chambers (1938-60)
9:20-9:40 Sofia Talas Baloons and Nuclear Emulsion: the Role Played by the University of Padua in the 1950s European Collaborations
9:40-10:00 J. Batlló, C. Clemente, F. Pérez-Blanco, J. Morales The Seismographs of the "Observatorio de Cartuja" (Granada, Spain). Restoration of the "Cartuja macroseismograph"
10:00-10:20 Richard Kremer Harold E. Edgerton's High Speed Cameras
10:20-10:35 Coffee break
10:25-10:55 Vasily Borisov The Birth of the Electronic Television: Cooperation and Competition
10:55-11:15 Šimon Krýsl The Resounding Heart: dr Leo Jacobsohn's Heart Sound Transmission
11:15-11:35 Tayce Phillipson Mallard and the Mouse Box: Prototype MRI Material from Aberdeen
11:35-11:40 Session summary
11:40-12:00 Coffee break

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Session V - Astronomical Observatories

Bobrzyński room

12:00-12:20 James Caplan Meridian Instruments of the Marseille Observatory
12:20-12:40 Gudrun Wolfschmidt Developement of Radioastronomy in Germany until the Effelsberg Telescope
12:40-13:00 Françoise Le Guet Tully, Jean Davoigneau The German Tradition and 19th century French Observatories
13:00-13:20 Ileana Chinnici Italian Astronomical Instruments Heritage
13:20-13:30 Session Summary
13:30-15:00 Lunch Chimera restaurant

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Session VI - Instruments of the Hellenic World


12:00-12:20 Giorgio Strano The In-existent Instruments of Ptolemy's "Almagest": The Mysterious Error and Oscillation of the Obliquity of the Ecliptic
12:20-12:40 Yanis Bitsakis The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project
12:40-13:10 Michael T. Wright The Antikythera Mechanism: Hellenistic Bodging
13:10-13:30 Session Summary
13:30-15:00 Lunch Chimera restaurant

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Session VII - Historical laboratories

Bobrzyński room

15:00-15:20 Paolo Brenni The Physics Collection of the Instituto Technico Toscana: 20 Years of Work
15:20-15:40 Jan Waling Huisman Historical Laboratories at the University of Groningen
15:40-16:00 Staffan Andersson Acquisition of a Collection in Context - a Case Study of the Uppsala Cabinet of Physics
16:00-16:20 Tatiana Moiseeva The Chemical Laboratory of Lomonosov is the First Scientific and Educational Laboratory in Russia
16:20-16:35 Coffee break
16:35-16:55 Joan Muñoz, Jaume Valentines, Santiago Vallmitjana The Mentora Alsina: a Century of Teaching Experimental Physics in Barcelona
16:55-17:15 Santiago Vallmitijana, Carme Clemente The Collection of Scientific Instruments of the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona
17:15-17:35 Ad Maas Mesmerized by Onnes. Research with the Large Electromagnet of the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory in the 1930s
17:35-17:55 Zbigniew Bela The “Virtual” Laboratory of Michał Sędziwój, Reconstructed from his Operatie Elixiris Philosophici and Andreas Libavius’s Alchimia
17:55-18:15 Session summary
18:30-20:00 Reception Museum of Pharmacy

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Wenesday (September 13th)

Pararell sessions: Sessions VIII, IX and X-  Lunch - Transit to Polish Aviation Museum - Session XI - Reception in Polish Aviation Museum

Session VIII - Scholars, Constructors, Mechanicians

Bobrzyński room

9:00-9:20 Jim Bennett Christopher Middleton and the Practice of Navigation 1730-50
9:20-9:40 Hans Hooijmaijers The True Method of Finding the Longitude at Sea
9:40-10:00 Richard Dunn Touched, Cleaned and Repaired; Equipping and Maintaining Trading Voyages to the Baltic
10:00-10:20 Julian Holland Angelo Tornaghi: Migrations of a Mathematical Instrument Maker
10:20-10:40 Stephen Johnston Science, Satire and the Architectonic Sector
10:40-10:55 Session summary
10:55-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-11:30 Vladimir Schurov, Pavel Bandakov Ivan Kublin: Russian Leonardo or the Slave of Clockwork?
11:30-11:50 Karl Grandin Linnaeus's Apostles and their Instruments
11:50-12:10 Klaus Hentschel Life and Work of the Gottingen Instrument Maker Moritz Meyerstein (1808-82)
12:10-12:30 Alberto Mesichari The Website and the First Volume of the National Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Giovanni Battista Amici (Modena 1786 - Florence 1863) Optical Instrument Maker, Astronomer, Naturalist
12:30-12:50 Session summary
13:50-14:30 Lunch  Chimera restaurant

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Session IX - Calculating Machines and Computers as Scientific Instruments


9:00-9:20 Larisa Brylevskaya Prizes of the St-Petersburg Academy of Sciences: Joining of Efforts of Russian and European Inventors in Creation of Mechanical Calculating Machines
9:20-9:40 Theodore Lekkas, Aristotle Tympas Ideologies of World Fair Classification and Display of Calculating Artefacts, 1851-1914
9:40-10:00 Allan Olley Digitizing Measurement: Automating Scientific Table Making
10:00-10:20 Ola Nordal GIER - a Computer Revolution in a Wardrobe. The Birth of Digital Computing at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1962
10:20-10:40 Jos Uyttenhove, Danny Segers Nuclear Electronics as a Pioneer in the Implementation of Minicomputers and Microprocessors in Laboratory Instrumentation
10:40-10:55 Session summary
10:55-11:10 Coffee break

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Session X - Study through the Replica, Virtual Experiments


11:10-11:30 Efthymios Nicolaidis The Project Organothea - 19th - 20th century Instruments and Virtual Experiments
11:30-11:50 Steven Turner Opening a Window to the Past: James Smithson and the Chemical Blowpipe
11:50-12:10 Marvin Bolt Instrument Databases in Adler Planetarium
12:10-12:30 Peter Heering Materialised Skills and Strange Encounters: Experience from the Practice with Solar Microsopes
12:30-12:50 Danny Segers,
Jos Uyttenhove
The Working of Einstein's "Maschinchen" Studied with the Help of a Replica
12:50-13:05 Session summary
13:00-14:30 Lunch Chimera restaurant

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Session XI - Conservation and dating of scientific instruments

Polish Aviation Museum

15:30-16:00 Trip to the Polish Aviation Museum

Krzysztof Mroczkowski,

Piotr Łopalewski

Preservation of the Aviation Technology Artefacts in the Museum of Polish Aviation
16:50-17:10 Dariusz Niemiec Compasses from the Time of Galileo Found at the Excavations in the Collegium Novum of the Jagiellonian University
17:10-17:30 Richard Paselk Craft Knowledge in Understanding Scientific Instruments
17:30-17:45 Session summary
18:00-19:00 Visit in the Polish Aviation Museum
19:00-21:00 Reception
21:00-22:00 Return to the Collegium Maius

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Thuersday (September 14th)

Visit of Przypkowski Museum in Jedrzejow nad Jedrzejow Abbey - Lunch - Plenary Meeting - Transit to Krakow - Official dinner


8:30-10:30 Trip to the Przypkowski Museum
10:30-12:30 Visit in the Przypkowski Museum and Cisterian Abbey at Jędrzejów
13:00-14:00 Lunch "Landscorona" Restaurant
14:00-15:00 SIC Plenary Meeting in the Restaurant
15:00-17:00 Return to Krakow
19:00-22:00 Conference Dinner "Pryzmat Gallery" restaurant

Friday (September 15th)

8:00 - Post-conference excursions