1667-2017

At the crossword of the history of European courts, the history of science, and the history of architecture, Claude Perrault’s design of the Observatory building intended to stage royal power while attracting many scholars and famous visitors. In addition to drawing the Meridian line for determining the longitudes, the Observatory was intended to serve as a storehouse of scientific artifacts and a monument to Louis XIV’s glory— commissioned by Colbert along with a Triumphal Arch for the conquest of the earth [never built], [an] Observatory for the heavens. The Observatory as an institution contributed greatly to the advancement of mathematical astronomy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

21-22 Juin 2017 : CONFÉRENCE INTERNATIONALE / 21-22 June 2017 : INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

on the 350th Anniversary of Paris Observatory’s Meridian Line drawn on solstice day, June 21, 1667

◼ Final Announcement◼ Centre de recherche du château de Versailles (CRCV)◼ Presentation abstracts booklet◼ video capture of the full day of presentations on June 22, 2017◼ Web report by J.-P. Martin

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