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).

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.