smh_gross_quad_550Dr. Dr. Susanne M Hoffmann

… is a historian of astronomy from Berlin, Europe.

  • scientific staff at universities (preferred) & freelancing independent scholar
  • operating internationally
  • Academic Background:
    • history of science (specilized in astronomy)
    • physics (specialized in astronomy)
    • education (teacher education, public education, science journalism)

Research in astronomy

Methods:

  • data-driven history of exact science
  • applied historical astronomy
  • computational history
  • data management / data curation

Main Topic:

  • celestial globes and maps consist of
    • astrometry/ cartography
      • technology
      • mathematics of measurements
    • astronometrical frames of reference, e.g.
      • coordinate systems and their historical development
      • constellations (as frame of reference, as cultural calendar)
    • stars
      • their cultural history/ names,
      • their physics/ variabilities/ (exo)planets/
      • novae, supernovae and all types of¬†eruptions

Further Research Topics

  • gravity
    • Newton
    • Einstein’s general relativity
    • microlensing
  • optics
    • telescopes and their historical development
    • planetariums and their historical development
    • basical concepts (history of optics: from antiquity to the present)
  • time

Public Talk on Constellations (2018, Sonneberg Observatory):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyqdMHXJ4uE

Former research:

  • visualizations in education/ didactics
  • special and general relativity (teaching)
  • excursions in science teaching
  • gravitational microlensing