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Palace Green Library Events

Time Machines: Talks Programme

5th July 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green

Cherry Lewis - The Dating Game: Arthur Holmes’ dream to date the age of the Earth

To complement the exhibition, Time Machines, a series of talks and events has been scheduled. Over the course of the exhibition there will be a number of lunchtime and evening events with speakers covering a broad range of themes to complement the exhibition content. Please do keep an eye on our website for more details.

Cherry Lewis, Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, Bristol University, will present a talk entitled 'The Dating Game: Arthur Holmes’ dream to date the age of the Earth':

"When a young man of just 21 Arthur Holmes (1890-1965) lay in a tent in Mozambique, recovering from malaria, and wrote of his ambition to develop a geological timescale that would ultimately date the age of the Earth. When, in 1924, he established the Department of Geology at the University of Durham, he began to pursue his dream which took the rest of his life. This talk will cover Holmes’ time in Durham and his remarkable quest to date the age of the Earth."

This talk will be free of charge. Booking is not required for lunch time talks but seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The IAS building is located opposite the entrance to library across Palace Green.

Enquiries regarding talks should be made to Palace Green Library on 0191 334 2976.

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