Crawford 2013 podcast and other considerations

Almost a month has passed since our 2013 Crawford Lecture, a month full of exam marking, as May is the most intense period of the exam diet here in Edinburgh. But the sun now shines, both literally and metaphorically, students are enjoying some well deserved break, and I can now look forward to a summer of research. I hope to post soon something about astrological talismans and potions, but before doing that I’d like to announce that the podcast of Professor Sven Dupré‘s magnificent lecture is now available (here), and offer some general considerations.

I thoroughly enjoyed the lecture. It nicely encapsulated the best interdisciplinary research that is now conducted in the history of science. It was about Galileo, but not on Galileo. It was about his intellectual, social, and cultural context, not just about the Renaissance genius. Yes, because I have always felt uncomfortable around geniuses in history (I have yet to meet one in person!). Continue reading

2013 Crawford Lecture in the History of Astronomy

Portrait of Galileo Galilei by Justus Susterma...

Portrait of Galileo Galilei by Justus Sustermans painted in 1636. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a little announcement for those of you who happen to live (or be) in Scotland next week! The event is ticketed but free. If you cannot come, do check our Crawford Lecture page for a podcast in about a month’s time!


“Galileo, the Telescope and the Renaissance Culture of Glass” by Professor Sven Dupré (Freie Universität Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science).

When: 7 May 2013 at 5.30pm. Where: Teviot Lecture Theatre, Doorway 5, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG.

Reception to follow.