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Copernicus 2016 symposium

From the Copernican revolution to our modern view of the solar system and the universe

Dec. 9, 2016 – Radboud University, Nijmegen, Linnaeusgebouw, Room LIN1

400 years ago, in 1616, the Sacred Congregation of the Index placed Copernicus' “On the Revolution of the Celestial Spheres” on their updated list of forbidden books and warned Galileo Galilei against any further promulgation of the heliocentric model. In the history of science this event has frequently been considered as a turning point in the development of science and its relation to religion. How has our view evolved today?
On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Copernicus' placement on the Index of Forbidden Books, the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP) of Radboud University's Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies has co-organized a symposium around the theme of the development and current challenges of astronomy.
Benefiting from the presence of Dr. Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, the symposium has addressed the 1616 episode and then turn to various aspects of contemporary astronomy, from the solar system to extrasolar planets and cosmology. The central purpose of the symposium was to shed light on how astronomy has changed our view of the universe, and to assess its current challenges and limitations.


  • 10:00 Coffee & Tea
  • 10:30 Welcome & Introduction (H. Falcke, C. Lüthy)
  • 10:40-11:00 Frank Verbunt (Radboud University, IMAPP) - Copernicus & Kepler: How they changed our understanding of the universe (and how did they do it?) Presentation Slides Frank Verbunt
  • 11:40-12:20 Alessandro Morbidelli (Université Cote d'Azur, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, Nice) – Evolution and formation of the solar system: what we know today Presentation slides Alessandro Morbidelli
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:30-14:50 Koen Kuijken (Univ. Leiden, Leiden Observatory) - A universe out of nothing? Origin and evolution of the universe. Presentation slides Koen Kuijken
  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee & Tea
  • 16:40-17:15 Panel discussion (Moderator: Heino Falcke)
  • 17:15-18:00 Reception

A URL to the video recordings will be made available in January.

For specific questions, please contact Esther Gebhardt.