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Art and Light: International symposium on Augustin Fresnel

To celebrate the International Year of Light, École Polytechnique and the Louvre join forces to offer a unique international symposium on Fresnel, Art and Light in the 19th century, on Monday, 2 November, 2015.

Under the patronage of Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, and in celebration of the International Year of Light, École Polytechnique and the Louvre partner to offer a unique international symposium on Augustin Fresnel, Art and Light in the 19th century.

On November 2nd, 2015 at the Louvre Auditorium du from 9.30am to 7pm, world-renowned scientists and art historians will open the debate on a possible correlation between the confirmation of the wave nature of light and the new pictorial style appeared at the same time, foreshadowing the apparition of Impressionism in the last quarter of the century.

The conferences will be accessible both in French and in English (immediate translation available).

Schedule

9.30 am - Opening
Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre
Jacques Biot, President of École Polytechnique
Gabriel de Broglie, Chancellor de l’Institut de France
Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research

10 am - Introduction
Gérard Mourou, École Polytechnique
Monica Preti, Musée du Louvre

10.30 am - The birth of Light in the cosmos
George Smoot, Nobel Prize in Physics, APC Paris / UC Berkeley

11 am - Augustin Fresnel and the theory of the wave nature of light
Michèle Leduc, Emeritus Research Director, CNRS

11.30 am - Broglie, City of Lights
Philippe-Maurice de Broglie, Duc De Broglie
Morgane Martin, École polytechnique

12 am - Painting With Light, At The Border Of Art And Science, Early Color Photography In The 19th Century
Bertrand Lavédrine, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle

12.30 am - Seeing the light in the colors: Goethe's Colors Theory, an artist's scientific essay
Danièle Cohn, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

2.30 pm - The science used for realism: Jules Jamin and the example of the photometer (1839-1857)
Pierre Pinchon, Aix-Marseille University

3 pm - Light and color in 19th century in England: a new look
Shearer West and Ian Walmsley, University of Oxford

3.30 pm - Scientific and aesthetic experimentations: vision as a cognitive action for Helmholtz and Cezanne
Michael Zimmermann, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

4 pm - Grace of art and equation's rethoric
Frank Wilczek, Nobel Prize of Physic, MIT, Cambridge (Mass)

4.30 pm - Documentary movie, "Ouessant, l'île des phares"
Fr. 2013, 8 min, VOST English, pesented by Vincent Guigueno, National Marine Museum

5.30 pm - Roundtable on the Art and the Science of Light: a two-way exchange?
Moderator: Sébastien Allard, the Louvre
Speakers: Gérard Mourou, École Polytechnique
Ségolène Le Men, Professor at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre
Michel Blay, ENS, Paris
Danièle Cohn, Professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Michel Menu, Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France

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