Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 2 p.m.

Stars and Disasters

Knowledge and use of the sky in the thinking of the 17th and 18th centuries

From Galileo to Newton, the science of astronomy transformed our understanding of this part of our world, a metamorphosis illustrated in literature, philosophy and the arts. In the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment, mathematical laws were applied to the heavens, thanks in part to the advent of new scientific instruments. At the same time, other experts continued to claim a quite different knowledge of the stars and constellations. Royal horoscopes, in official use until the age of Louis XIV, are one concrete example. Professor Bastien will examine the starry universe at a time when astrology and modern physics existed on the same footing.


Frédéric Charbonneau, Professor of History of French Literature, McGill University

Free activity
In French, followed by a bilingual question period
Spaces available per lecture: 60

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History of the night

History of the Night is a series of talks offered in partnership with UQAM’s Research Group on the History of Sociabilities (GRHS).

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