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A staged reading of Dava Sobel's play 'And the Sun Stood Still'

Thursday, 22 May, 2014 - 18:00 to Thursday, 22 May, 2014 - 20:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Kaaistudio's
Kaaistudio's, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Vaakstraat 81, 1000 Brussel
VUB-Crosstalks
+32 (0)2 619 22 18
goedele.nuyttens@vub.ac.be
crosstalks.vub.ac.be

By 1514, Nicolaus Copernicus had developed an outline of his heliocentric theory, in which he placed the sun, rather than the earth, at the center of the universe. Over the next two decades, he worked on a recolutionary manuscript, which for fear of ridicule, he refused to publish. In 1539, a young German mathematician, Georg Joachim Rheticus, traveled to Poland to seek out Copernicus. In 1543, just before Copernicus's death, Rheticus had his master's manuscript published as De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres).

Program: 

In A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos Dava Sobel chronicles the conflicting personalities and extraordinary discoveries that shaped the Copernican Revolution. At the heart of the book is the play 'And the Sun Stood Still', imagining Rheticus's struggle to convince Copernicus to let his manuscript see the light of day. Two scenes of this play will be read by Kate McKintosh and Jerry Killick.

18.00-19.30 h.: Staged reading with Dava Sobel, by Kate McKintosh and Jerry Killick
19.30-20.30 h.: Drinks

Participation is free, but registration at the Kaaistudio's is required.