Cultural heritage of astronomical observatories : from classical astronomy to modern astrophysics. Proceedings of the International ICOMOS Symposium in Hamburg, October 14-17, 2008

(2009) Cultural heritage of astronomical observatories : from classical astronomy to modern astrophysics. Proceedings of the International ICOMOS Symposium in Hamburg, October 14-17, 2008. Conference Volume. Hendrik Bäßler-Verlag, Berlin, 380p. ISBN 978-3-930388-53-0. [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

From October 14 to 17, 2008 the international ICOMOS symposium about “Cultural Heritage of Astronomical Observatories (around 1900) – From Classical Astronomy to Modern Astrophysic” took place as the first event in the context of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 in Hamburg. The objective of the ICOMOS symposium was to discuss the relevance of modern observatories for the cultural heritage of mankind. On the UNESCO World Heritage List buildings of science are currently underrepresented. The discussion about “Astronomy and World Heritage” had already started in 2004 in order to establish a link between science and culture and to raise awareness of the cultural importance of astronomical sites. In October 2008 a Memorandum of Understanding between UNESCO and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) was signed. Guests from 20 countries discussed in Hamburg the cultural heritage of observatories and presented their papers which described in detail the history of the buildings, the architectural features, the valuable instruments and the archive material of the observatories as well as the scientific achievements, inventions and discoveries. It turned out that some more research has to be done in order to get an analysis of the architectural relevance of the observatories and their urbanistic disposition, as well as an evaluation of the inherent artistic and aesthetic values. [Extract of the preface by Gudrun Wolfschmidt]

Item Type: Book (Conference Volume)
Wolfschmidt, Gudrun
Languages: English
Keywords: astronomy; astronomical observatories; world heritage; telescopes; astrophotography; spectroscopy; astrophysics; cupolas
Subjects: C.ARCHITECTURE > 02. Building typologies
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 23. Scientific heritage
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Paris Observatory, Paris, France; Pulkovo Observatory, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Observatory Cagigal, Caracas, Venezuela; Hamburg-Bergedorfer Sternwarte, Hamburg, Germany; Astronomical Observatory of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; Kandilli Observatory, Istanbul, Turkey; Istanbul University Observatory, Istanbul, Turkey; Imperial Observatory of Rio de Janeiro / National Observatory, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valongo Observatory, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology – Central Observatory, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Marseille Observatory, Marseille, France; University Observatory, Vienna, Austria; Konkoly Observatory, Budapest, Hungary; Bucharest Observatory, Bucharest, Romania; Royal Observatory, Greenwich, United Kingdom; University Observatory, Tartu, Estonia; La Plata Astronomical Observatory, La Plata, Argentina; Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa; United States Naval Observatory, Washington D. C., United States; Prague and Ondrejov Observatory, Czechia; Old Stockholm Observatory, Stockholm, Sweden; Kodaikanal Observatory, Kodaikanal, India; University of Olslo Observatory, Oslo, Norway; Hamburg Observatory, Hamburg, Germany
National Committee: Germany
Number: 18
Number of Pages: 380
ISBN: 978-3-930388-53-0
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 09:06
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2022 09:49

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