Cost and Registration Information
Early Registration Price (August 7 at 10 am – August 31 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (August 31 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231
Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.
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The Newberry Bookstore will re-open on August 14, and you will once again be able to find most of your assigned books for sale there.
Early European celestial cartography includes constellation and cosmological maps, each of which have their own beauty, form, structure, and cultural content. This seminar will explore these artifacts in context, beginning with Medieval manuscript star charts and maps on vellum and paper, which reflect Greek constellation and cosmological traditions, and continuing through the Golden Age of printed celestial cartography, when great atlases of stars and the planets were published. The contributions of astronomical discoveries and cartographic advances will also be discussed.
Five sessions. E - $210, L - $231
Lee Minnerly, MA in anthropology, teaches classes at the Newberry on both Old and New World archaeology, cultural astronomy, early science fiction, and the extraterrestrial life debate. He also volunteers at the Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy at the Adler Planetarium.
Michael Hoskin, The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN: 978-0192803061
Emilie Savage-Smith, “Celestial Mapping,” in The History of Cartography, Vol. 2, Book 1: Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies (Harley and Woodward,eds. 1992). Available online at: https://press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/HOC_V2_B1/Volume2_Book1.html%3e
Anna Friedman Herlihy, “Renaissance Star Charts,” and R. H. Van Gent and A. Van Helden “Lunar, Solar, and Planetary Representations to 1650,” in The History of Cartography, Vol. 3: Cartography in the European Renaissance (Woodward, ed. 2007). Available online at: https://press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/HOC_V3_Pt1/Volume3_Part1.html%3e
For the first class, please read chapters 1 and 2 in The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction