Johannes Kepler Symposium für Mathematik

Im Rahmen des Johannes-Kepler-Symposiums für Mathematik wird Prof. Dr. Michal Kokowski, Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, am Wed, April 25, 2007 um 17:15 Uhr im HS 9 einen öffentlichen Vortrag (mit anschließender Diskussion) zum Thema "Copernicus, Copernican Studies and the Science War" halten, zu dem die Veranstalter des Symposiums,

O.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Langer,
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Larcher
A.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Maaß, und
die ÖMG (Österreichische Mathematische Gesellschaft)

hiermit herzlich einladen.

Series A - General Colloquium:

The intention is to present general information not only to experts, but also to students and guests from outside the mathematical institutes.

Copernicus, Copernican Studies and the Science War

Nicholas Copernicus, author of "De revolutionibus orbium coelestium" (1543), is a flag person of Renaissance and Modern Times. His achievements were analysed by many commentators, starting with his own epoch. In my lecture I will:
describe main interpretations of Copernicus' achievements, originated since 16th century until nowadays;
outline a genesis of the problem of the Science Wars, including a crucial part played in its beginning by some Copernican studies, such as ones of T.S. Kuhn and P. Feyerabend;
sketch some new fundamental aspects of Copernicus' thought, including Copernicus' mathematical astronomy and his methodology, generalised correspondence principles linking Copernicus' models with Ptolemy's ones (these relationships are the same as in the case of many pairs of theories of modern physics), problem of proofs of motions of the earth, problem of only few advocates of Copernicus' geokinetic cosmology in 16th and 17th centuries and ideologies of so-called "Modern Christian Aristotelianism" (starting in 1455) and "Biblical literalism regarding cosmological matters" (starting in 1542);
draw some general conclusions concerning the History of Science, Copernican Studies, Science Studies and the Science Wars.