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Defining Science Through History – The Royal Society

Defining Science Through History – The Royal Society 26 November 2020

In this ‘in-conversation’ style event, join The Royal Society for an evening of open-ended conversation as we explore the very matter of science, and the uncharted territories where science, history, politics, and art meet.


Our understandings of science are ever-changing, defined as much by our times as by the individual stories of scientists who contribute to it.


Professor Simon Schaffer, Professor of History of Science at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy, has revolutionised the definition of science in history – showcasing science and experimentation throughout the centuries not merely as accidental or a systematic testing of theories, but as a creative process firmly rooted in the gritty realities of everyday life.


From the history of machines and automata and how they have defined human thought throughout the ages, to the narratives of scientific instruments, glass prisms and optics, Schaffer in his four-decade career gets to the very heart of scientific experimentation and its social and political contexts.


This event is the 2019 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture, which is awarded to Professor Simon Schaffer for transforming understanding of the intellectual history of experimental science and his excellent communication of science in all media.


Attending this event
• The event will be livestreamed on the Royal Society YouTube channel on 26 November at 6pm GMT
• The event is free to join, and there is no registration required
• Live subtitles will be available


November 26, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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