PACHSmörgåsbord: Astrology

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Kepler on supernova, theology and astrology

Johannes Kepler, who was born on 27 December 1571, is the subject of a couple recent interesting articles. These articles are an opportunity to see how Kepler was typical of the early-modern European scholar, a person as interested in astronomy and optics (our notion of sciences) as theology and astrology.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/31 at 12:17 PM
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Thursday, January 07, 2010

What’s so Confidential about Pluto?

In my growing survey of the literature on Pluto, here I review a recent book by two astronomer who claim to be on opposite sides of the debate. They try to conceal their positions until the final chapter, but the general tone of the book supports Pluto’s claim to planethood.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/07 at 10:55 AM
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #11

A belated roundup of history of science articles and blog posts.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/25 at 10:56 PM
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Thursday, July 08, 2010

More History of Science on “In Our Time”

Melvyn Bragg, host of BBC Radio 4’s “In Our Time,” regularly examines topics in the history of science. His recent program on Pliny’s Historia naturalis joins a long list of such programs.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/08 at 10:07 PM

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Exploring Collections: Johannes Ganivet’s Amicus medicorum at the College of Physicians

A quick look at three editions of Joh. Ganivet’s important tract on medical astrology: the Amicus medicorum. Written in the early 15th century, it was printed five times between 1496 and 1614. The earliest three are at the College of Physicians.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/18 at 10:41 PM

Monday, July 19, 2010

Exploring Collections: George Tannstetter as Editor

Continuing to explore the rich collections here in Philadelphia, this post looks at three textbooks edited by Georg Tannstetter, the Viennese astrologer/astronomer and personal physician to Emperor Maximilian I. Tannstetter’s texts are in The College of Physicians, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the American Philosophical Society.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 07/19 at 10:47 PM

Friday, September 10, 2010

Joseph Moxon Popularizes Astronomy

More on Joseph Moxon’s efforts to popularize astronomy. This post looks at his A Tutor to Astronomy and Geography, Or an Easie and Speedy way to Know the Use of both the Globes, Coelestial and Terrestrial, which was intended to help sell his globes as well as popularize astronomy.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/10 at 11:37 AM

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Byzantine Astrology during the Reign of Manuel I Komnenos

A summary on the one history of science paper at the Byzantine Studies Conference raises some possible reasons for the marginalization of Byzantine science within the broader history of science discipline.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/10 at 10:33 PM

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What Exactly is Accomplished by Asserting “Astrology is Rubbish”?

In light of the recent “news” about a new zodiacal sign and what that might entail for astrology, I spent a little time reflecting on anti-astrology polemics in the last century.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/30 at 05:56 PM
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Monday, February 14, 2011

A Modern Astrologer’s Intellectual Breadcrumbs

Ralph Kraum was a skilled astrologer who had a flourishing practice in the 1960s. When he died, he left in his reference books numerous scraps of paper that reveal his efforts to use astrology to understand the world. This post looks at some of those scraps for what they tell us about the practice of astrology.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/14 at 10:55 PM

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