In a series of public lectures, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, in collaboration with the Adult Education Centre, presents ongoing work and recent findings from four of its departments.
20 April 2004
Dr. Eva-Maria Güida
ON THE PASSAGE TO INDIA WITH SIR JOHN MANDEVILLE
Alongside Marco Polo, Sir John Mandeville (Spanish: Juan de Mandavilla) was probably the most famous medieval traveller to have left us an account of his experiences. His engrossing reports on the Holy Land and the exotic impressions left on him by India have always found an enthusiastic audience, as the large number of manuscripts and translations handed down to us indicate. This is an invitation to join Sir John on his travels, see Jerusalem, visit the Sultan's court, meet the Great Khan and at the same time investigate why this report, almost more than any other, is so important for the history of Spanish vocabulary.
Dr. Eva-Maria Güida is one of the editors involved in the "Dictionary of Medieval Spanish" project.
11 May 2004
Dr. Annette Kadereit
OPTICALLY STIMULATED LUMINESCENCE IN SEDIMENTS
Cold luminosity from minerals casts light on the history of the landscape
Due to natural radioactivity in the environment, an increasing amount of energy is deposited in the minerals of sediments in the course of time. Accordingly these sediments represent something akin to a "geological clock". Luminescence techniques can be used to read this clock. It is possible to measure (date) the last time these sediments were exposed to sunlight, i.e. the last time this clock was re-set. Luminescence datings are thus a valuable resource in landscape history as they help us reconstruct the last time the sediments were re-shifted.
Dr. Annette Kadereit is a scientific collaborator at the Archaeometry research department of the Max Planck Institute of Atomic Physics.
8 June 2004
Dr. Stephen E. Buckwalter / Dr. Thomas Wilhelmi
MARTIN BUCER, A EUROPEAN REFORMER
Very few people have ever heard of the Strasbourg reformer and church organiser Martin Bucer (1491-1551). As he knew only too well himself, his handwriting is not easy to decipher. Why it is worth while preparing a scholarly edition of his works? We invite you to take an exciting look at his significance for Heidelberg and Europe and also at the work of the Bucer research department.
Dr. Buckwalter and Dr. Wilhelmi are working on an edition of these works in the framework of the project entitled "Martin Bucer's Writings in German".
22 June 2004
Dr. Wolfgang Lenski
TRUTH AND INFORMATION
Documentation and Elicitation in Mathematical Logic
From Aristotle to the 19th century, logic was the art of drawing the correct conclusions. Then a new understanding of the term developed, centred on the two concepts of "truth" and "proof". The research department is documenting this development. The understanding of a document is itself subject to historical change and is faced by particular challenges posed by new ideas about the nature of a document and the way information can be elicited from it. Elicitation invariably refers (implicitly) to the underlying notion of information it is based on. The lecture outlines various approaches to this problem within the confines of boundaries marked out by "truth" and "information".
Dr. Lenski works at the "Mathematical Logic" research department, which documents the knowledge at the command of mathematical logic since its establishment as a mathematical discipline in its own right.
The lectures are at 6.15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Lecture Hall of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Karlstrasse 4).
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