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Type Talks and tours
Location
Royal Observatory
Date and Times Wednesday 19 June 2024 | 6.30pm-7.30pm
Prices Free for Members – booking required

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Join award-winning historian Violet Moller to tour the intellectual heart of early European science. Based on her book Inside the Stargazer’s Palace, this talk will reveal a dazzling forgotten world, where all knowledge, no matter how arcane, could be pursued in good faith - from the icy Danish observatory of Tycho Brahe, to the smoky, sulphur-stained workshop of John Dee.

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus declared the earth revolved around the Sun, overturning centuries of scholastic presumption. A new age was coming into view – one guided by observation, technology and logic. But omens and elixirs did not disappear from the sixteenth-century laboratory. Charms and potions could still be found nestled between glistening brass instruments and leather-bound tomes. The line between the natural and supernatural remained porous, yet to be defined.

A scintillating journey into a world where discoveries rip through doctrine like meteors. There is magic in these pages

Daisy Dunn, author of The Missing Thread

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