Lunchtime Lecture & Open day for Maths Week – Worth Library

19 October 2016: Open Day for Maths Week (10.00am-4.00pm). This will feature a small exhibition of  early modern mathematical works in the Edward Worth Library, Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8. For more information about the Worth Library see 

20 October 2016: Lunchtime lecture by Dr Maurice O’Reilly

‘Mathematical works in the Edward Worth Library (1733): the collection and its significance’

This will take place at 1.00pm in the Worth Library and is intended to mark Maths Week. Spaces are limited and will allocated on a first come, first served basis.

New Book | Grave Matters

Grave Matters, Death and dying in Dublin, 1500 to the present
Lisa Marie Griffith & Ciarán Wallace

Grave Matters examines the universal subject of death – looking at the particular experience of death, burial and commemoration in Dublin since the sixteenth century. Using death as a way of understanding social conditions, contributions consider the role of the public funeral in establishing political hierarchies, the fate of the city’s Catholics during the era of the penal laws and the survival of the death penalty to 1990. They also explore the meanings of humble headstones, elaborate memorials and post-mortem photography. From Sir Francis Agard’s elite funeral in 1577, through the panicky burials during the Spanish flu in 1919, to the presentation of cemeteries as cultural tourism today, this handsomely illustrated collection offers a fascinating analysis of life – and death – in Dublin.

Lisa Marie Griffith is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she completed a PhD on 18th-century Dublin merchants. She is the author of Stones of Dublin: A history of Dublin in Ten Buildings and has published a number of articles on Dublin history. She is co-editor, with Ruth McManus, of Leaders of the City: Dublin’s first citizens, 1500–1950 (2013). Ciarán Wallace lectures in Irish history and Irish studies at DCU, Mater Dei campus. His latest publication was Thomas Fitzpatrick and ‘The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly’, 1905–1915 (2015).

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NI Science Festival 18-28 Feb 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 12.01.20 p.m.The Northern Ireland Science Festival, an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be held this year from the 18th to the 28th of February.

During the day the festival will present a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening the festival will come alive with an eclectic mix of scientific debates, talks, theatre, comedy, music and film for adults. As well as their core themes of science, technology, engineering and maths, it will focus on how science affects our everyday lives through exploring the science of food, music, art and sport. With over 100 events across more than 25 venues, you are invited to discover the wonderful world of science.

Historians will particularly be interested in ‘From the Cosmos to the City: the geographies of scientific knowledge’ Thursday February 25th 7pm-8:30pm. Tickets are free but prebooking is required.

The full programme of events is available on the festival website.

RCPI Heritage Centre Lectures

Tuesday 13th the Royal College of Physicians Ireland will host a day of lectures focusing on World War I in the morning and afternoon.

From 16:30 – 17:10 will take place presentations of the Kirkpatrick History of Medicine Award Lectures and the reception and presentation of the award itself.

For more information and detail on how to book a place please click on the following link:

RCPI Heritage Centre Lectures  

George Boole Lecture for Maths Week by Desmond McHale

George Boole, 1815-1864
George Boole, 1815-1864
Professor Desmond MacHale (UCC) will give a lecture entitled,
Elegance, simplicity and genius: George Boole’s equation x²=x
at 11:00 on Tuesday 13th October, 2015 in DCU St Patrick’s College Drumcondra campus, room E214. St. Patrick’s College has participated actively in Maths Week every year since its inception in 2006, and the Maths Department is honoured to have such a distinguished speaker this year as Desmond MacHale.
George Boole was born in Lincoln on 2nd November 1815. He was the first professor of mathematics at Queen’s College Cork, from 1849 until his death in that city in 1864. His seminal work, An Investigation of the Laws of Thought (1854), laid the theoretical foundations for all the digital machines and gadgets that are ubiquitous today.
A new edition of Des MacHale’s biography of Boole, “The Life and work of George Boole: A prelude to the digital age“, has just been published. There is no one better qualified than Des MacHale to speak on him, in this the bicentenary year of Boole’s birth.
Des MacHale is well known, not only as a mathematician, but as one who takes a serious interest in humour. Do consider coming along to enjoy a lecture that promises to be as scintillating as it is informative!

World Space Week at the Ulster Museum

The Ulster Museum is celebrating the Launch of World Space Week (4-10th October) with a visit and talks from former NASA Space Shuttle astronaut Greg Johnson, on Saturday 3rd October.

Info and more details at

Free to attend, but booking is essential

The Irish Astronomical Association will also be participating in this event; They will be in the Welcome Zone from about 11 a.m, and will have all the usual attractions – solar observing if clear, telescope display, meteorites to handle, exhibition of space & astronomy items.  ‘Telescope fixit service’, and starshows in the Stardome portable planetarium, courtesy of Armagh Planetarium.

Walking Tour: The Irish ideas and inventions that changed the world

Ingenious Ireland walking tours start up again this Saturday 2nd May and run until the end of August. They are a lighthearted way to enjoy and learn about Ireland’s history of science, technology and medicine.

The tour “The Irish ideas and inventions that changed the world” is packed with fascinating stories and lots of “wow ” moments.  Dubliners love it, and so do visitors, and we have had everything from corporate outings to retired groups and even hen parties!

The tour is on every Saturday, from 11.30 at Science Gallery. We end back there in time for lunch, and you get 10% off in their lovely cafe if you show your tour ticket when you order.  And after, you can explore their latest exhibition.

A ticket costs €15 and can be booked here