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RSC Burns 01:00:00

by Duncan Thorburn Burns

for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 4 years ago | 747 views
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2011 is the 350th anniversary of the publication of a Sceptical Chymist, by Robert Boyle which is considered to be the most important book ever published about chemistry.  Boyle was a leading intellectual figure of the 17th century and one of the fo....

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Sacrifice of a genius': Henry Moseley's role as a Signals Officer in WWI 00:42:00

‘Sacrifice of a genius': Henry Moseley’s role as a Signals Officer in WWI

by Elizabeth Bruton
‘Sacrifice of a genius': Henry Moseley’s role as a Signals Officer in WWI
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 3 years ago | 626 views
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Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley (1887-1915) was one of the foremost English physicists of the early twentieth century. Probably best remembered for his immense contributions to chemistry and atomic physics in the years immediately prior to the outbreak o....

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OHS Winnewisser 00:32:00

65 years of Molecular Spectroscopy

by Brenda Winnewisser
65 years of Molecular Spectroscopy
for 18-22 and upwards,
Lectures | 18-22 and upwards | 4 years ago | 931 views
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Brenda Winnewisser looks at the history of this important branch of science from the viewpoint of the Ohio State conferences.

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RS Rampling 00:39:00

Alchemy and patronage in Tudor England

by Jenny Rampling
Alchemy and patronage in Tudor England
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 4 years ago | 619 views
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Dr Jenny Rampling, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge.  In early modern England, alchemical practitioners employed a range of strategies to win the trust and support of powerful, even royal, patrons: from the preservation of healt....

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Defining nature's limits 00:44:00

Defining nature’s limits: Prosecuting magic in sixteenth-century Italy

by Neil Tarrant
Defining nature’s limits: Prosecuting magic in sixteenth-century Italy
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 4 years ago | 499 views
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Magic and science have traditionally been considered to have little in common. Yet for many sixteenth-century intellectuals, including churchmen, practising magic was based upon highly sophisticated knowledge of the natural world. For ecclesiastical ....

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Developing new solar cells 01:02:00

Developing new solar cells – cheaper, or more efficient?

by Neil Greenham
Developing new solar cells – cheaper, or more efficient?
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 4 years ago | 755 views
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Using solar cells to convert sunlight to electricity is an attractive way to reduce carbon emissions, but solar cells are still too expensive to be installed on the scale required. The next generation of solar cells aim to solve this problem using st....

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RS Mossman 00:30:00

Dream to reality?

by Susan Mossman
Dream to reality?
for 18-22 and upwards,
Lectures | 18-22 and upwards | 4 years ago | 519 views
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Plastics pioneers had great aspirations for their new materials. Roland Barthes called plastics “a miraculous substance . . . a transformation of nature”. Serendipity, careful experimentation and entrepreneurial skills have all played significant....

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Experimental misunderstandings 00:57:00

Experimental misunderstandings: the precedent of Francis Bacon’s ‘Sylva Sylvarum’ and the beginnings of the Royal Society

by Guido Giglioni
Experimental misunderstandings: the precedent of Francis Bacon’s ‘Sylva Sylvarum’ and the beginnings of the Royal Society
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 4 years ago | 715 views
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Guido Giglioni is the Cassamarca Lecturer in Neo-Latin Culture and Intellectual History at the Warburg Institute, University of London. By writing a number of natural histories and above all the Sylva Sylvarum, Bacon set an important but difficult pr....

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RS Fara 00:43:00

Ghosts of women past

by Patricia Fara
Ghosts of women past
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 4 years ago | 618 views
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Dr Patricia Fara, Clare College, Cambridge.  "I do not agree with sex being brought into science at all. The idea of 'woman and science' is completely irrelevant. Either a woman is a good scientist, or she is not." So declared Hertha Ayrton over hun....

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RS Higgitt 00:49:00

Hero or villain? Nevil Maskelyne’s posthumous reputation

by Rebekah Higgitt
Hero or villain? Nevil Maskelyne’s posthumous reputation
for 18-22 and upwards,
Lectures | 18-22 and upwards | 4 years ago | 568 views
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Nevil Maskelyne, 5th Astronomer Royal and Fellow of the Royal Society, is today best known as the villain of Dava Sobel’s Longitude. This talk will, however, look further back and examine how Maskelyne has fared since his death in 1811, attempting ....

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RS Highfield 01:02:00

Heroes of science

by Roger Highfield
Heroes of science
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 4 years ago | 521 views
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Scientists love them. Historians of science can't stand them. The view that science rests on the shoulders of heroes and on them alone cannot be defended. Nonetheless, the public are moved and inspired by the stories of astronauts who've risked their....

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OHS Skatrud 00:30:00

High Precision in an Imprecise World

by David Skatrud
High Precision in an Imprecise World
for 18-22 and upwards,
Lectures | 18-22 and upwards | 4 years ago | 636 views
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The importance of the Ohio State Molecular Spectroscopy Symposium to the Army.

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