History of Astronomy

Our research in history of astronomy is centered on the following topics:

  • The interaction between theoretical astronomy, physics, and applied mathematics during the development of theories in early modern science
  • History of cosmology from the 17th to the 20th century
  • History of positional astronomy, in particular celestial mechanics (including Earth rotation) and astrometry, from the 17th to the 19th century
  • Exegesis and hermeneutics of primary sources, as manuscripts and notebooks, written by pivotal individuals (like, e.g., Leonhard Euler) coining and forming scientific ideas and concepts relevant for astronomy, particularly of the 18th and 19th century
  • Emergence and development of astronomical research in Switzerland and, in particular, in Bern
  • Documenting and preserving the history of science, in particular the history of astronomy