Dr. Tina Lu of Yale University delves into the history of Jingshi (translated as An Anatomy of Lenses), a book produced circa 1681 and discovered in the Shanghai Library archives in 2007. Dr. Lu will discuss what this book tells us and doesn’t tell us about the development of optical lenses in 17th Century China. The difficulties in chronicling the history of science when new discoveries, such as the finding of the Jingshi book, will be touched upon along with the history and techniques of optical lens fabrication.
Those interested in the history of science, astronomy, telescope production, optical engineering, and Chinese history are strongly encouraged to attend.
This event is in person, on the UAriz Tucson campus