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EDDINGTON, NEWALL AND THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF CAMBRIDGE’S EARLY MODERN SCIENCE

Monday 21 October: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Seminar room, Downing Street, CB2 3ER

This year marks the centenary of Eddington’s demonstration of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, conducted from the Island of Principe off of West Africa. As Director of Cambridge’s Observatory, Eddington’s achievement is now duly commemorated in the naming of the University’s North West Cambridge development, and this wide-ranging talk from Prof. Simon Schaffer and Christopher Evans will introduce his many contributions to astronomy.

It will also outline other highlights of the ‘archaeology’ of Cambridge’s early science, particularly those recently unearthed at West Cambridge and the Observatory. Foremost amongst these was the excavation in 2010 of the Newall telescope. Entitled an ‘Imperial Philosophical Machine’, this much-travelled instrument in its time was the world’s largest telescope and, considered in context, raises issues of both deep time and space.

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Age: 16+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free

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