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Dimitri Bayuk is currently working on related projects: (1) the trip of two astronomers from Geneva to Russian Lapland to observe the transit of Venus across the Sun in 1769 and its scientific and cultural contexts; (2) the role of observational astronomy in the building of Romanov in Russia and Qing in China Empires in the eighteenth century
In addition to the "window to Europe," Russia of Peter the Great's time made an unprecedentedly powerful advance to the east. Steps to the west were made with difficulty, little by little, at the cost of hundreds of thousands of human lives. Siberia was conquered over thousands of square kilometers and at a much lower cost. We might now, in our own...
2003 году в Москве побывал знаменитый француз-ский философ Мишель Серр. Тогда он рассказывал, что после школы хотел стать физиком, но бомбардировки Хиросимы и Нагасаки сделали для него неприемлемой эту мысль, и он ушел сначала в математику, а потом и вообще начал заниматься философией. И он подчерки-вал, что это было целое поколение философов, кото...
The disciplinary differentiation of sciences attracted Leibniz’s attention for a long period of time. From nowadays prospects it looks very well grounded as soon as in Leibniz’s manuscripts a modern scholar finds clue ideas of any research field which would tempt him to consider Leibniz as one of the founders of this particular discipline. We argue...
Peter the Great was in Paris in 1717 when Delisle’s brother Guillaume presented to the French Academy of Sciences his 1706 map of Muskovy, and he was greatly impressed both by the exactness of the map and by the skill of the cartographer. It is thought that from here he got the idea of having a map of Russia drawn by the same cartographer, using in...
In Russia the theme of science and religion found its strongest resonance at the levels of humanistic scholarship and Christianity in general, where visions of harmony dominated and doctrinal and confessional particularity was largely absent. The fraught relations of both the Holy Synod and the Imperial Academy of Sciences with the Russian state si...
The Institute for the History of Science and Technology (in transliterated Russian Institut Istorii Estestavoznaniya I Tekhniki, or IIET in abbreviation) in Moscow, along with its branch in St. Petersburg, is the largest research centre for history of science and technology in Russia. Its story encompasses a period of great change for Russia and as...
Argument An attempt to understand and analyze a unique nineteenth-century musical instrument – the enharmonic piano from the collection of the Glinka Museum of Russian Musical Culture in Moscow – directs a historian towards Prince Vladimir Odoyevskiy’s efforts to construct a special musical scale corresponding to the indigenous tradition of Russian...