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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 - Water, water everywhere - finding ourselves when all at sea: navigators, astronomers and clockmakers

24th February 2010, 17:30 to 18:30, Room 202, Calman Learning Centre, Science Site, Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS

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

In the 17th Century, and before, navigation was a chancy business in the extreme. By the early 1700s 'something had to be done' and the 1714 Longitude Act, offering a Prize of £20,000 for an accurate method of determining position at sea, was the outcome.

This lecture will deal with attempts to secure the Prize, culminating in John Harrison's success with his incredible sea-going clock.

This series of public lectures brings 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 are 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.