Astrolabes and Armillary Spheres: Scientific Instruments and Prints in the Renaissance

Susan Dackerman (Stanford University) and Pedro Raposo (Adler Planetarium)

Friday, October 30, 2020
12-1 pm CDT

During the Renaissance, the development of new scientific tools and their promotion through print media altered navigation, inspired exploration, and enabled European colonialism.

In this virtual conversation, Renaissance print scholar Susan Dackerman (Stanford University) and historian of science Pedro Raposo (Adler Planetarium) will discuss the workings of early modern scientific instruments and their depiction on paper. Our new exhibition on Renaissance invention features sixteenth and seventeenth-century loans from the Adler Planetarium including an intricate German clock, a shipwrecked Portuguese mariner’s astrolabe, and a movable model of the Ptolemaic cosmos known as an armillary sphere.

This program is free and open to all, but registration in advance is required. For more information and a link to register, please visit the event website here: