Conference announcement – with apologies for lost Polish characters.

KEPLER 2008: FROM TÜBINGEN TO SAGAN University of Zielona Góra & Institute for the History of Science, Warsaw Zielona Góra – aga, 22-26 June 2008

An international conference & other events to mark the 380th anniversary of the arrival of Johannes Kepler to aga (Sagan)

SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTE Volker Bialas, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich J. V. Field, Birkbeck, University of London, London Nick Jardine, University of Cambridge Czes_aw Os_kowski, University of Zielona Góra, Zielona Góra Alain Segonds, CNRS – Observatoire de Paris, Paris Bruce Stephenson, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Jaros_aw W_odarczyk, Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw

This major international conference will give attention to all aspects of Kepler’s life and work. The main aim of the conference is to provide some sense of the new winds blowing through recent Kepler scholarship.


Sunday 22 June 2008 Registration & Reception at the University of Zielona Góra Monday 23 June 2008 The conferment of honorary degree from the University of Zielona Góra upon Professor Owen Gingerich. The ceremony will be held in the Wallenstein Palace, aga. Tuesday 24 June 2008 – Thursday 26 June 2008 The main conference at the University of Zielona Góra

Keynote addresses will be given by: Volker Bialas (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich) on Kepler’s philosophy of Nature Patrick J. Boner (University of Cambridge) on Kepler’s early defence of astrology A. E. L. Davis (Imperial College, London) on Kepler’s mathematical astronomy William H. Donahue (St. John’s College, Santa Fe) on chapter 59 of Astronomia Nova, which begins in clarity and ends in obscurity – and in the middle establishes the elliptical form of the orbit J. V. Field (Birkbeck, University of London) on Kepler’s Harmony of the World Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) on Kepler and historical chronology Miguel A. Granada (University of Barcelona) on the debate between Kepler and Roeslin devoted to cosmology, chronology, and eschatology Giora Hon (University of Haifa) – on Kepler’s optical and astronomical studies Nick Jardine (University of Cambridge) on Kepler’s jokes, serious and not-so-serious Richard L. Kremer (Dartmouth College, Hanover) on Kepler’s early almanacs Antoni Malet (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) on Kepler’s mathematization of optics Rhonda Martens (University of Manitoba) on Keplerian aesthetics Sheila Rabin (St. Peter’s College, Jersey City) on Kepler’s astrology and his idea of the physical universe Bruce Stephenson (Adler Planetarium, Chicago) on Kepler’s flirtation with astrological interpretations of world history, in reaction to the Stella Nova of 1604 Jaros_aw W_odarczyk (Institute for the History of Science, Warsaw) on Kepler’s Moon


The registration fee will be 100 EURO (for Ph.D. students and accompanying persons – 50 EURO). It includes welcome reception, the conference dinner and coffee/tea during breaks). The participants should arrange their accommodation themselves.


Papers (in English) are cordially invited on the conference theme. Proposals (title and brief synopsis with author’s affiliation and address, in a Word e-mail attachment) should be send by 15 November 2007 to:

Jaros_aw W_odarczyk Instytut Historii Nauki PAN Nowy wiat 72, pok. 9 00-330 Warszawa Poland [email protected]

A decision on papers accepted for presentation will be made by 15 December 2007. The deadline for the full paper submission is 30 April 2008. Each paper will be allotted a total of 30 minutes; it is expected that all papers will be delivered in approximately 20 minutes.

Further detailed information will be made available at the beginning of October 2007 on the Institute of Astronomy website at <> For more information please contact Jaros_aw W_odarczyk ([email protected]).