Anna Jerratsch

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Jan 2016-May 2022)


I studied History of Science, Modern History and Sociology in Berlin and Warwick, graduating in 2009. My main research interest is on the History of Astronomy and the Popularization of Knowledge in the period of early Modernity. The special focus therereby lies on the relations between Science and Religion and what role these interconnections play in the diffusion and transformation of knowledge. My MA thesis dealt with the History of Cosmology in the eighteenth century, focussing on the works of Thomas Wright of Durham and Johann Heinrich Lambert and their explanation of the Milky Way. As a Doctoral Researcher, I now investigate cometary pamphlets and the way they present, create, and diffuse natural philosophic knowledge. For further details please see the description of my project.


The Early Modern Cometary Discourse as Reflected in Vernacular Tracts


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Selected Publications

Jerratsch, A. (2020). Der frühneuzeitliche Kometendiskurs im Spiegel deutschsprachiger Flugschriften. Stuttgart: Steiner.

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Jerratsch, A. (2019). Celestial phenomena in early modernity: the integrated image of comets. In P. Omodeo, & V. Wels (Eds.), Natural knowledge and Aristotelianism at early modern protestant universities (pp. 187-208). Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz.

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Omodeo, P. D., & Jerratsch, A. (2015). Mathematics, cosmology and natural philosophy: Christoph Rothmann's place in the Renaissance debate on comets. Galilaeana, 12, 203-215. doi:10.1400/237274.

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Holterhoff, A. (2009). Naturwissenschaft versus Religion? Zum Verhältnis von Theologie und Kosmologie im 18. Jahrhundert (TOPOI – Towards a Historical Epistemology of Space). Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.

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