UCL Rare Books Club - Kircher, chickens, and Early Modern music and science
23 July 2019, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm
UCL Special Collections
Special Collections Reading RoomSouth Junction basement, Wilkins Building, UCLGower Street/Malet PlaceLONDONWC1E 6BT
What do chickens, hypnosis, music and volcanoes have in common? The answer is Athanasius Kircher, the astonishingly wide-ranging C17th-century scientist and polymath. You are warmly invited to the next UCL Rare-Books Club on Tuesday 23 July to look at early editions of some of his works, including one of the earliest depictions of a hypnotised chicken. We’ll be joined by a student from the Warburg Institute working on a dissertation entitled ‘'Fire-vomiting mountains': Volcanic theory in Athanasius Kircher's Mundus Subterraneus’, and by a member of staff whose family knew a thing or two about hypnotising chickens.
Drop-in sessions - no booking required.
(South Junction basement reading room, Wilkins Building, UCL Gower Street/Malet Place site, Bloomsbury unless otherwise indicated)
30 July – plants and botany **venue: Institute Of Advanced Studies Forum G17**
6 August – new developments in imaging rare books and archives – Laidlaw Fellow
13 August – Small Press collection - Special Collections Visiting Fellow’s talk **venue: Institute Of Advanced Studies Common Ground G13**
20 August – Mediaeval scientific manuscripts
27 August – new acquisitions at UCL Special Collections
3 September – to be confirmed
10 September – Latin in the 17th Century
If you’re in London, come by on Tuesday lunchtimes, whether you’re starting out on a research project, would like to meet other researchers, or have a specific query about our collections, whether you’re thinking about developing teaching or events, submitting a funding bid, or just want to see some beautiful items during the lunch break.
To request collection items or propose a topic for a Club meeting, email email@example.com