Public Lecture
"
Stars Above, Stars Below and Stars Within"

Dr. Kjell Lundquist
Landscape Architect
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Olin Auditorium, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Thursday May 4, 2006, 7:00 pm
Admission is free.

Dr. Lundquist will be giving a public talk entitled "Stars Above, Stars Below and Stars Within:  On Tycho Brahe, Uraniborg and a Garden Reconstruction".  Tycho Brahe was one of history's great scientists whose ground-breaking observations in the 1500's set the stage for the discovery of the laws of planetary motion.  To carry out his work, Brahe was granted his own private island by the King of Denmark where he constructed the magnificent Uraniborg, part castle, part laboratory and part observatory.

Dr. Lundquist has been involved with the effort to research and recreate the gardens as they existed in Tycho Brahe's time.  He will present a biographical, historical, geographical and scientific orientation on Tycho Brahe, the Renaissance, Uraniborg, and the gardens that surrounded it. His talk will include the theoretical and practical efforts in restoring Uraniborg's gardens and discuss the Renaissance era thinking on gardens and plants and how they served the great astronomer's plans.

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