The Thomsons of Belfast

The Thomsons of Belfast: mathematics, engineering and invention in the family of Lord Kelvin

Saturday 18 February 2017, 14.15 to 16.30

The Old Museum Building, 7 College Square North, Belfast BT1 6AR

A joint meeting organised by the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society and the British Society for the History of Mathematics

The speakers will be:

Dr Mark McCartney (Ulster): ‘James Thomson Snr: the Industrious Mathematical Educator’

Professor Andrew Whitaker (QUB): ‘James Thomson Jnr: a Victorian Engineer’

Professor Crosbie Smith (Kent): ‘Lord Kelvin: the Irish Dimensions’

Admission free.  Booking will soon be available through the Northern Ireland Science Festival (www.nisciencefestival.com) but registration is also possible on the day (an email in advance to jim.bennett@mhs.ox.ac.uk would be helpful – thanks).

Meeting 27 January, Worth Library

The network will hold a meeting of the committee on Friday, 27 January at 2 pm in the Worth Library.  All are welcome to join us. We are seeking new people for a number of roles and generally welcome input from anyone working in the field.

Buying and selling medical books in early modern Ireland

 

The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Seminar Series returns on Thursday, 2 February 5pm, Room K114, School of History, UCD with:

Buying and selling medical books in early modern Ireland

a talk by Dr Elizabethanne Boran (Trinity College Dublin/Edward Worth Library)

Crowdfunding Project Cityscapes & Earth Debates

As part of a Cartography and Mapping Grants Challenge, HSTM Network Ireland member Tanya O’Sullivan has launched a crowdfunding project to raise 500 dollars in 30 days to help start a research project on:

Cityscapes and Earth Debates: Fashioning the Geosphere in Nineteenth-Century Ireland.

This project maps the course of scientific ideas as they navigate the cultural landscape of nineteenth-century Ireland. It is primarily concerned with the relationship between scientific knowledge and urban space and takes as its theme the mid nineteenth-century discourse on earth sciences in Ireland. It assesses the crucial significance of city-lives, space and place on contemporary discussions around the age, structure and evolution of the earth.

We hope that this exposure as part of the Cartography and Mapping Grant Challenge on experiment.com will help to promote the history of science  within science and bring Irish HSTM research to a wider audience. There is a facility to provide ‘lab notes’ or updates on the project as the work progresses, and backers can discuss and become involved in the research as well as being acknowledged in the final article.

Please share this link to the project page with HSTM people or anyone who might be interested, and feel free to donate, even $5 will help!

Click on this link for more information and to donate! https://experiment.com/projects/cityscapes-and-earth-debates-fashioning-the-geosphere-in-nineteenth-century-ireland

 

RDS Library & Archives Research Bursary Award

The RDS Library & Archives awards a research bursary annually to conduct a research project in the RDS Archives. In 2017 the bursary will focus on the RDS Science archive.
The RDS Library & Archives seeks expressions of interest from postgraduate researchers to complete a research study on a topic of interest within the RDS Science Archive. The successful candidate will be awarded a research bursary of €10,000. As part of the bursary the recipient must complete a research paper for presentation at a conference on the history of science in Ireland to be held at the RDS in 2017. The research paper must also be submitted for publication in an appropriate academic journal.
Full details are available on www.rds.ie/librarybursary and any queries can be directed to  senan.healy@rds.ie or Natasha Serne, Collections Librarian, Natasha.serne@rds.ie
The closing date is Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Image of Restoration Science

Professor Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College) will give a seminar on

The Image of Restoration Science: the Frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society (1667)

This will take place 29 November 2016 at 3.00pm in the Edward Worth Library, Dr. Steeven’s Hospital