Experiments in the Popularization of Mid-Victorian Science: Museums and Exhibitions
Monday, May 12, 2014
Presented by the History and Philosophy of Science Section
If you were a tourist in London in 1855 and you wanted to visit a science museum or exhibition, you could visit the Royal Polytechnic Institution on Regent Street, or take in both Wyld’s Globe and the Royal Panopticon in Leicester Square. These museums and exhibitions catered to the rapidly growing general audience for science. They featured spectacular demonstrations and sights, from giant electrical machines to ghost illusions. We will visit all three sites, examine the books, songs, and plays written about them, and explore their significance for understanding what the Victorians thought about science.
*A reception will be held after the event.
This event is free, but registration is required.
Professor Bernard Lightman
Bernard Lightman is Professor of Humanities at York University, where he is Director of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies. He is also the Editor of the History of Science Society's flagship journal, Isis. Lightman's most recent publications include Victorian Popularizers of Science, Evolutionary Naturalism in Victorian Britain, and Science in the Marketplace (co-edited with Aileen Fyfe). Lightman is also general editor of a monograph series titled Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century, published by Pickering and Chatto. He is currently working on a biography of John Tyndall and is one of the editors of the John Tyndall Correspondence Project, an international collaborative effort to obtain, digitalize, transcribe, and publish all surviving letters to and from Tyndall.
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