Device is incompatible to play the video
Thursday, 10 February 2005, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The celestial geometry of John Flamsteed: Mapping the heavens from 17th century Greenwich

Professor Allan Chapman

During his 46 years as Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed elevated the mapping of the heavens to an entirely new level. His practical geometry, and his development of mathematical instruments that worked to a new standard of accuracy, meant that his Catalogue remained in use well into the 18th century. Its production, however, plunged Flamsteed into a bitter controversy with Isaac Newton, while his eminence as an astronomical geometer led to his being invited to deliver an influential lecture series at Gresham College in 1684.

This lecture was jointly held with the British Society for the History of Mathematics. For the other BHSM lectures, follows these links:
      19th Century Mathematical Physics, by Professor Raymond Flood, Dr Julia Collins
      and Dr Mark McCartney
       The memoirs and legacy of Évariste Galois, by Dr Peter Neumann
       Triangular Relationships, by Dr Patricia Fara
       Mathematics, Motion and Truth, by Professor Jeremy Gray
       Mathematics and the Medici, by Jim Bennett
       Planes and Pacifism, by Dr June Barrow-Green
       From World Brain to the World Wide Web, by Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly
       History from Below, by Dr Stephen Johnston
       Mathematics in the Metropolis, by Adrian Rice  

Speaker_AllanChapman_370x370.jpg

Allan Chapman is a British historian of science. Chapman has been based at Oxford University for most of his career, as a member of the Faculty of History, based at Wadham College. He is an accomplished lecturer and public speaker (including as visiting professor at Gresham College in London). In January 1994, he delivered the Royal Society history of science Wilkins Lecture, on the subject of Edmund Halley.

Read More
Read Less

Transcript

10 February 2005

The celestial geometry of John Flamsteed: Mapping the heavens from 17th century Greenwich
Professor Allan Chapman

View PDF
Print
Related Future Lectures
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Windrush Thinkers and Artists

Professor Richard Drayton
Monday, 26 October 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Convincing Fiction

Professor John Mullan
Wednesday, 28 October 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

Professor Murray Pittock
Monday, 2 November 2020 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Ruling Passions: The Architecture of the Cecils

Professor Simon Thurley CBE
Wednesday, 4 November 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Loving Animals: Historical Reflections on Bestiality, Zoophilia and Post-Human Love

Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
Monday, 9 November 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

What Do We Owe Society?

Professor Martin Daunton FBA
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The African Diaspora in Britain

Professor Hakim Adi
Thursday, 22 October 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Political Lawyer

Professor Thomas Grant QC
Monday, 19 October 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Silence, and the Dynamising of African Creative Resistance

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE
Thursday, 15 October 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Eve’s Evil Legacies

Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
Thursday, 8 October 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Engels and Marx: Revolutionaries in London

Dr Tristram Hunt
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Darwin, Breeding and Barnacles

Professor Jim Endersby
Monday, 5 October 2020 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a conference

Part Five: Panel Discussion

Professor Tim Connell
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 - 4:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a conference

Part Three: Medical and Surgical Therapeutics - Scientific Advances in the Tudor Era

Professor Allan Chapman
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 - 3:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a conference

Part Three: Wadham College

Professor Allan Chapman
Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 11:00AM
WATCHED
Part of a conference

John Colet and Sir Thomas More - Part One

Professor Tim Connell
Tuesday, 9 June 2009 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

History, Science, Religion: Capturing The Public Imagination

Professor Allan Chapman
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 - 12:00AM
WATCHED

The New London and the Heavenly Jerusalem: Scientists and Craftsmen in Sir Christopher Wren's London

Professor Allan Chapman
Wednesday, 23 April 2008 - 12:00AM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Maths and Money: From Gold to Bitcoin

Professor Norman Biggs
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - 4:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

A Global History of the Eclipse of 29 May 1919

Ana Simões
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Mathematical Practice and the 18th-Century British Voyages of Scientific Exploration

Dr Rebekah Higgitt
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 4:45PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Privateer and Mathematician: The Voyages of Edward Wright

Dr Stephen Johnston
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 4:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Mathematics in War and Peace - Stories about Mathematicians Killed in WW1

Professor David Aubin
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Mathematics in War and Peace - Flying Mathematicians

Tony Royle
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 - 4:45PM