Bonjour India 2013 : Astronomical Heritage
"Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that all eyes will see new worlds at once."
Way back between 1761 and 1769, French astronomer Le Gentil, came to India to observe the transits of Venus. His work in Pondicherry and his interaction with Indian astronomers gives us valuable information about history of astronomy in India. India played an important role with respect to astronomical knowledge from the 6th century until today as testified by historical sites, manuscripts, scientific objects and miniatures. Important astronomical observatories
were constructed in the 18th century by Jai Singh in Delhi, Mathura, Ujjain, Jaipur.
Towards a need to promote astronomical education and exchange between India and France, a scientific seminar on astronomy will be organized featuring Dr. B. S. Shylaja, Prof Denis Savoie and Mr Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud.
Dr B. S. Shylaja is the Director of Nehru Planetarium. She has specialized in the field of massive stars. She has also worked on comets, magnetic stars, cataclysmic variables and asteroids. She is currently working on the history of astronomy. She will speak on “A comparative study of astronomical instruments in Asia” which will cover some unknown aspects of the Observatory at Varanasi and Beijing in China.
Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud is an astrophysicist at the Astrophysical Department of the French Atomic Energy Commission (C.E.A.). He is at present the scientfic adviser of the French astronomy magazine "Ciel et Espace". He is currently carrying out research on the roots of astronomy in Africa and China.
Prof. Denis Savoie is a French astronomer who specialises in the history of science (astronomical tables). He is the Director and Head of Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Palais de Découverte in Paris. Denis Savoie has authored the popular astronomy book, “Sundials : Design, Construction & Use” by Springer Praxis Books.
MM Savoie and Bonnet-Bidaud will speak about astronomy history and also unveil the project "The Highway of Jantar Mantars" meant to set up some astronomical spots along the Jaipur-Delhi highway.
Bangalore : 15th February at 3:30pm at Nehru Planetarium
Intervention by Mr. Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud, Prof. Denis Savoie and Dr Shailaja around astronomical instruments in Asia also covering some unknown aspects of the Observatory at Varanasi (Jantar Mantar) and Beijing in China.
Seminar coordinated by Mr Madhusudhan, Scientific Officer, Nehru Planetarium.