The NLO History of Science Group
The History of Science Group holds informal meetings for talks and discussion about all topics related to the history of science and technology. The majority of talks relate to some aspect of astronomy or astrophysics, but since the first meeting of the Group in the autumn of 1999 there have been talks on a wider range of topics including meteorology, computing, lives of famous scientists, digital mapping, the electricity- supply industry, advances in electronic devices and smart materials. For each meeting there is usually one main talk, which is advertised in advance, and short discussions on other topics that have come to the attention of members. In other words the meeting format is quite variable.
The Group usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month from October to June at 2.30 pm. There is no formal membership and any member of the NLO is most welcome to attend (without notice) if a talk is likely to be of interest. The attendance of regular, occasional and one-off members fluctuates, and is around 15 members at present. Most of the talks are given by our regular members, but the Group would be pleased to welcome other NLO members, particularly those who would be willing to speak about their past work or special interests.
The monthly meetings are organised by Keith Orrell (email@example.com) and Alan Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org). They are keen to increase the size of the Group somewhat and would be pleased to provide more information about any of the meetings.
Programme of Forthcoming Talks
|8th Jan 2019||The Astrolabe||Allan Jones|
|5th Feb 2019||The History of Microwaves||Bob Miles|
|5th March 2019||What is Time?||Gordon Peckham|
|2nd April 2019||The Remarkable Life of Henry Cavendish||Keith Orrell|
|7th May 2019||Time and the Symmetrical Universe||Vernon Wynn|
|4th June 2019||The History of Art in Astronomy – Visions of Space||John Meacham|
Time and the Symmetrical Universe – 7th May
This will cover Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity in everyday life, the mystic properties of time, and how Paul Dirac glimpsed another time – universe.
The History of Art in Astronomy – Visions of Space – 4th June
John will talk about astro art including some of his own art as he is a talented painter himself.
The Group will resume after the summer break on 1 October.