Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Lyceum Society comprises the Academy's retired and semi-retired members. Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.
All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches.
Brown Bag: 11:30 AM
Brief-Brief: 12:45 PM
Lecture & Discussion: 1:00–3:00 PM
Genetic Types of Inheritance
Speaker: Anne Johnson, MD
From the Camera Obscura to Kodachrome — Principles of the (Mostly) Film Side of Photography Before the Digital Age
Speaker: Joel J. Kirman
In 1888 George Eastman advertised his Kodak camera: "You push the button. We do the rest." His firm, Eastman Kodak, introduced the Kodachrome color process in 1935. Both the camera and the film were the results of a remarkable chain of scientific discoveries, conceptual insights, and practical innovations This lecture will review that chain of discoveries, insights, and innovations.
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Anne Johnson, MD
Joel J. Kirman
Joel J. Kirman received a BS from City College, NY, and an MS from CUNY, both in Chemical Engineering. Professionally a Process Manager, he has designed petrochemical plants, specializing in the heating and reaction of fluids at high temperatures. He is a consulting engineer through his own firm, Envirodactics Co.
He has served his profession in many capacities, including Chair of the NY Section, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and Chair of the Engineering Section of the NY Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of AlChE, a member of the Society for the History of Technology, and now serves as Secretary of the Lyceum Society. For several years at the New School, he taught a course in the History of Invention.
His hobby: Delving into the history, technology, and development of our industrial culture. "I remain curious about how the material side of our civilization got to where it is." A partial list of his past lectures reveal just how curious he is: Materials and Techniques of Art; Illumination—Mostly Indoor; Attic Red and Black Figure Ware; Fluid Catalytic Cracking of Petroleum; The Solid State and the Transistor; The Exact Sciences from the Babylonians to Newton; and Computer Memory and Storage.
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