On 21 November, the next Descartes Centre History of Science colloquium will be held. This session will be devoted to the screening of a couple of short films related to the history of science. Katrien Vanagt will invite the public to reflect on the function of film within the field of the history of science.
Invitation to experiment
The main film deals with cow’s eyes and the camera obscura. ‘In Waking Hours’ is based on the Latin writings of the Amsterdam physician Vopiscus Fortunatus Plempius. With the publication of his Ophthalmographia in 1632, Plempius shed new light on the age-old question of how seeing works. His answer was an invitation to experiment: