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Wentzel Jamnitzer’s work Perspectiva corporum regularium from 1568 and its relationship to emergence of modern science

Thursday, 12.12.2019 15:00

Speakers: Jan Fábry (Fyzikální ústav AV ČR, oddělení dielektrik)
Place: přednáškový sál Ústavu fyzikální chemie J. Heyrovského AV ČR
Presented in English
Organisers: Department of Dielectrics
Abstract: The discussed Wentzel Jamnitzer’s work belongs to works which have been published most frequently throughout the 15-th and 16-th centuries and which depicted Platonic (regular) bodies. It was believed at that time that these bodies comprised the essence of nature of the surrounding world, which was percepted by external senses, or exclusively accessible by intellect. Complexity of the surrounding world could be symbolized by a geometric combination of the Platonic bodies which gave rise to semiregular or even more complicated bodies.