The Early Modern Comet

Wednesday 18 November, 16:00-18:00 UK time

Online with Microsoft Teams

To obtain the joining link, please email with “AFHOPOS MICHAELMAS 2020” in the heading


the great comet over rotterdam december 26 1680 by lieve verschuier historisch museum amersterdam

The Great Comet over Rotterdam, December 26, 1680 by Lieve Verschuier, Historisch Museum, Amersterdam

AFHOPOS Michaelmas 2020

The Early Modern Comet

Maison Française d’Oxford (MFO), November 18, 4-6pm. ONLINE MSTeams.

Convenor: Dr. Mogens Lærke (CNRS, Maison Française d’Oxford/ Wolfson College)

The Anglo-French Seminar in the History of Philosophy of Science (AFHOPOS) takes place once per term and each time brings together English and French historians of philosophy of science to discuss common area of enquiry. AFHOPOS is organized in collaboration between the Maison Française d’Oxford (MFO) and the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (OCHSMT).

The topic of the 2020 Michaelmas ATHOPOS seminar is 'The Early Modern Comet' and features two presentations:

Professor Robert Iliffe (Linacre College, Oxford), 'The role of cometary theory in the development of Newton’s cosmology'

Professor Sophie Roux (ENS Paris, and Fowler Hamilton Visiting Research Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford): 'The Two Comets of 1664-1665: A Dispersive Prism for French Natural Philosophy Principles'


To obtain a link to the event, please send mail to with “AFHOPOS MICHAELMAS 2020” in the heading.