The Thirteenth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop will be held 5-9 July 2017 at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and will include a one-day trip to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
Conference Theme: Models and Mechanisms in the History of Astronomy
Models and mechanisms have played an important role throughout the history of astronomy, both as physical devices and as conceptual entities. In exploring this workshop theme, we invite you to consider such questions as: What do we know about historical astronomical models and mechanisms, including their origins, development, and abandonment? How have physical models and mechanistic devices influenced major developments in astronomy and related fields? How have mental models and mechanistic thinking shaped astronomical concepts and explanations? As in previous years, we expect that the theme can encompass a number of different time periods and geographical locations. Proposals that directly address the theme will receive preferential treatment.
Our invited speaker will be Emeritus Professor Mike G. Edmunds of Cardiff University, former Head of its School of Physics and Astronomy. His astronomical research career involved the determination and interpretation of the abundances of the chemical elements in the universe, and investigation of the origin of interstellar dust.
For detailed information about this conference, including conference materials, please follow this link: https://www3.nd.edu/~histast/workshops/2017ndxiii/index.shtml