22/05/2014 - A staged reading of Dava Sobel's play 'And the Sun Stood Still'


22 May 2014

Kaaistudio's, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Vaakstraat 81, 1000 Brussel

Within the context of the Academic Chair 'History and Philosophy of Sciences' Dava Sobel, the New York science writer and author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven will reside in Brussels from May 20 to May 22, 2014 .
For the closure of her stay, the Academic Chair relocates to the Kaaistudios for a staged reading of 'And the Sun Stood Still', the theatre play Dava Sobel wrote as part of her book: In A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.


By 1514, Nicolaus Copernicus had developed an outline of his heliocentric theory, in which he placed the sun at the center of the universe. Over the next two decades, he worked on a revolutionary manuscript, which for fear of ridicule, he refused to publish. In 1539, a young German mathematician, Georg Joachim Rheticus, traveled to Poland to seek out Copernicus. In 1543, just before Copernicus's death, Rheticus had his master's manuscript published as De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres).
The play 'And the Sun Stood Still' imagines Rheticus's struggle to convince Copernicus to let his manuscript see the light of day. Two scenes of this play will be presented in a staged reading by the actors and performers Kate McIntosh and Jerry Killick.

18.00-19.30 h.: Staged reading with Dava Sobel, by Kate McIntosh and Jerry Killick
19.30-20.30 h.: Drinks


Photos: Marleen Wynants / Mia Berg



Participation is free, but registration at the Kaaistudio's is required.