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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

‘History of the Water Molecule’, R. Hayward, reproduced from L. Pauling and R. Hayward, The Architecture of Molecules (San Francisco: W H Freeman and Co., 1964).

Reflections on Water Public Lecture - Mirror of the Sea: reflections on the writings of Joseph Conrad in the age of steam and sail

11th November 2009, 17:30 to 18:30, Room 202, The Calman Learning Centre, Professor Crosbie Smith (University of Kent)

This is the second lecture in the 'Reflections on Water' public lecture series.

This lecture explores themes of trust in Joseph Conrad's literature of the sea. Coinciding with these themes stands the historical contest between sail and steam -- between tradition and progress, between the ancient and the modern, between human life governed by nature and human life ruled by mechanism. Sometimes complementing one another, but often locked in a battle for supremacy, the cultures of sail and steam provide the sine qua non for Conrad's reflections on salt water.

This series of public lectures will bring together eminent scientists, historians, theologians and philosophers, stimulating speakers involved in current research, to shed new light on the nature and cultural significance of a very familiar substance.

The level of the talks will be aimed at a general audience to encourage everyone from students and the interested general public to attend.

ALL IAS LECTURE ARE OPEN TO ALL AND FREE TO ATTEND

Image credit: 'History of the Water Module', R. Hayward, reproduced from L. Pauling and R. Hayward, The Architecture of Molecules (San Francisco: W H Freeman and Co., 1964).

Contact d.m.knight@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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