Kick-off in Leiden: Visualizing the Unknown | Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Kick-off in Leiden: Visualizing the Unknown | Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

On behalf of the project-team, we cordially invite you to the kick-off meeting of the NWO-funded research-project:

Visualizing the Unknown. Scientific Observation, Representation and Communication in 17th-century Science and Society

which will take place at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave on

Friday afternoon, 1 October, 14.30 - 16.30

This exciting project aims at reconstructing the pioneering observations of 17th-century microscopists such as Robert Hooke, Johannes Swammerdam and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek. Facing previously unknown structures such as the anatomy of insects, sperm and bacteria, these pioneering microscopists had to develop a new visual idiom to shape, record and disseminate their observations. What could they see? How did they represent their observations? How did they convince their peers and the larger public of new scientific facts? By using original microscopes, specimens and drawings, the research project ‘Visualizing the Unknown’ will shed new light on this process, which still is relevant in scientific communication today. During this launch-event, some preliminary images of the project will be shown.

The research is a collaboration between the Huygens Institute (KNAW), Bibliotheca Hertziana–Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave. Additional partners are the Royal Society of London and the Rijksmuseum.

At Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, a limited number of seats is available. If you will attend this kick-off in person in Leiden, please fill in your details below. IMPORTANT NOTE: In case you cannot be present in Leiden, you are invited to the online live stream of this event. For a link to this live stream, please register by clicking here.

Image: Observation drawing of a bee’s eye made by Johannes Swammerdam, c. 1677, collection Leiden University Libraries 

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