In recent months, the Covid-19 pandemic has interrupted the daily operations of businesses, schools, and other facets of normal life. Many people, including those at the Center for Astrophysics, have found themselves working remotely or working in modified ways to better adhere to the unique challenges of recent public safety guidelines. While these temporary changes may complicate aspects of ongoing astrophysical research and instruction, scholarship continues.
As the joint successor of two longstanding research institutions, the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has a long history. These are unusual times, though not unprecedented. Over the next couple months, we’ll be sharing some historical snapshots to this blog that relate to the intersection of national (or international) crises and astronomical scholarship. The past gives context to the present. For better or worse, the effects of disease, military conflict, or economic recession remain visible in the history of astronomy, and provide some food for thought in light of our current situation.
Each week, updated URLs will be added to this page, so be sure to bookmark it if you’d like to follow along!
Most Recent Post:
“Major Philip Sidney Coolidge (1830 – 1863)”: https://wolba.ch/gazette/major-philip-sydney-coolidge/
“The Hancock Telescope and the Smallpox Epidemic of 1764”: https://wolba.ch/gazette/the-hancock-telescope-and-the-smallpox-epidemic-of-1764/
“George Phillips Bond: HCO and The Civil War”: https://wolba.ch/gazette/george-phillips-bond-hco-and-the-civil-war/