8 April 2015. On March 12, the director of ESPI, Peter Hulsroj, made a presentation at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, entitled Light, Enlightenment, and the Limits of Understanding. The speech was the opening  event in a series of presentations at the Kunsthistorisches Museum to celebrate the International Year of Light.

The presentation was centered on two items from the Kunstkammer of the Museum, The Celestial Globe by Johannes Reinhold d. Ä. und Georg Roll, and and an Automaton in the form of a ‘nef’ or galleon from 1585 by Hans Schlottheim.

The director based his talk on how points of perspective have evolved over time, from the local to the space based. He noted how observation from space has allowed humankind to understand Earth and its position in the overall scheme of things completely differently than in earlier times of geocentric thinking. He cautioned, however, that understanding is likely to always remain imperfect, and that perfect understanding, A Theory of Everything, might not be desirable. Some phenomena might not be amenable to rational analysis and in any event the fountain of new knowledge might never run dry, no matter how much we progress in understanding everything.

Copyright: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and "Travel to Eat"

Copyright: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and "Travel to Eat"

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