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The Rise of the Scientific Society

The Rise of the Scientific Society
Date
21/02/2017 (18:15)
Location:
Windsor Building Auditorium
Description
Reflecting the increasing interest across Europe in what we now call science (the discovery of the natural world), Prince Federico Cesi founded the Accademei dei Lincei or Academy of the Linxes, the first Scientific Academy in Europe (1603). One of the early members of the Society was Galileo. The Society was the first to publish observations using both the telescope and microscope. After Cesi's death in 1630 the Society underwent difficulties including the trial of Galileo. By the 1650s the interest in natural philosophy (science) in England saw the foundation of the Royal Society under the patronage of the restored King of England Charles II, along with a periodical publication - the Philosophical Transactions (1665-). Both the RS and the journal remain today one of the most significant scientific fellowships in the world. This lecture will examine the historical context and legacy of these two societies. For further information please click on the link above.

Light at the end of the tunnel; the new field of quantum engineering

Light at the end of the tunnel; the new field of quantum engineering
Date
14/03/2017 (18:15)
Location:
Windsor Building Auditorium
Description
Fundamental and universal, the field of quantum physics has been, over the century since its discovery, more thoroughly explored and more precisely tested than any other physical law, ever. It stands, unsullied by any attack, as a shining beacon of human achievement, and yet it remains overwhelmingly enigmatic. To convey his fascination with the subject Professor Meeson will demonstrate some fundamental quantum phenomena and explain in lay terms how the race is now on to convert what we have learned as scientists in the laboratory to possible future technologies. For further information please click on the link above.

Should I really just have clicked on that?

Should I really just have clicked on that?
Date
15/03/2017 (18:30)
Location:
The Institute of Engineering and Technology
Description
Cybersecurity and personal privacy are now everyday considerations when we interact with new technology. In this lecture, leading experts in Cybersecurity and Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, will explore real life scenarios and the sometimes menacing consequences when people and technology come together. For further information please click on the link above.
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