This site uses cookies.
Learn more.


This website uses cookies. Some of the cookies we use are essential for parts of the website to operate while others offer you a better browsing experience. You give us your permission to use cookies, by continuing to use our website after you have received the cookie notification. To find out more about cookies on this website and how to change your cookie settings, see our Privacy policy and Terms of Use.

Lyceum Society (4)

Lyceum Society (4)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by the Lyceum Society


The Lyceum Society is comprised of 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: 12:00 PM; Lecture & Discussion: 1 PM to 3 PM.

Computer memory and Storage: From the Jacquard Loom through Punch Cards to CCDs, Charge Coupled Devices

The computer has not evolved over millennia. Within only the last half of our own lifetimes, it has metamorphosed again and again, each technology quickly making earlier ones obsolete, never to be seen again.


Joel Kirman, CE

Joel J. Kirman received a BS from City College of New York, and an MS from CUNY, both in Chemical Engineering. Professionally a Process Manager, he designed petrochemical plants, practicing a specialty in the heating and reaction of fluids at high temperatures. Through his own firm, Envirodactics Co., he was a consulting engineer.

He has served his profession in many capacities, Chair of the N.Y. Section of the American Institute of Civil Engineers (AICE), Chair of the Engineering Section of the N.Y. Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of AICE, a member of the Society for the History of Technology, and the Secretary of the Lyceum Society. For several years he taught a course in the History of Invention at The New School.

His hobby is to delve 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." No Johnny One-note, Kirman's past lectures at the Lyceum Society have covered a vast range. Some are listed here to encourage the rest of us: Materials and Techniques of Art, Color Photography before the Solid State, Mostly indoor Illumination, Radio, 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.

Travel & Lodging

Our Location

The New York Academy of Sciences

7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor
New York, NY 10007-2157

Click here for directions.

Hotels Near 7 World Trade Center

Recommended partner hotel:

The New York Academy of Sciences is a part of the Club Quarters network. Please feel free to make accommodations with Club Quarters on-line to save significantly on hotel costs.

Club Quarters Reservation Password: NYAS

Club Quarters, World Trade Center
140 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006
Phone: (212) 577-1133

Located on the south side of the World Trade Center, opposite Memorial Plaza, Club Quarters, 140 Washington Street, is just a short walk to our location.

Other hotels located near 7 WTC:

Millenium Hilton


Marriott Financial Center


Club Quarters, Wall Street


Eurostars Wall Street Hotel


Wall Street District Hotel


Wall Street Inn


Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park