Science

The exploration of the world we live in has raised fundamental questions and led to elaborate explanations across time and across societies and continents. In this theme ideas put forward in the pursuit of organised science are explored, the impact of those ideas and the changes they may have led to are discussed. Key individuals in the development of scientific thought are studied and ideas around how science has affected history and human development are addressed.

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  • The Venerable Bede: recent research

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    The eighth-century monk is renowned as the ‘Father of English History’, but recent scholarship has demonstrated how important he was as a scientist and theologian and how his writings on the Bible can illuminate his famous history.

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  • Joseph Banks and his travelling plants, 1787-1810

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    Jordan Goodman takes us on a botanical journey to the ends of the earth. Joseph Banks never commanded a ship. In 1773, aged 30, he went on his last voyage, a short crossing from Hellevoetsluis, south Holland, to Harwich. Yet not only was the sea always at the centre of his...

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  • Admiral Lord Mountbatten: man of science and royal role model

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    Mountbatten was a controversial figure who died in tragic circumstances but Adrian Smith demonstrates that, behind his aristocratic facade, he was a very adept, talented and formative personality. Four years have passed since the re-opening of Broadlands, the Hampshire home of Lord and Lady Brabourne. The house was subject to...

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  • Tank development in the First World War

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    The emergence of the tank as a further weapon of war is inextricably associated with Lincoln where various early models were developed. By 1915 the Great War had gone just about as far as it could and for the first time, the way an entire war was fought was described...

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  • The Victorian Age

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    This Classic Pamphlet was published in 1937 (the centenary of the accession of Queen Victoria, who succeeded to the throne on June 20, 1837). Synopsis of contents: 1. Is the Victorian Age a distinct 'period' of history? Landmarks establishing its beginning: the Reform Bill, railways, other inventions, new leaders in...

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  • Out and About: Charles Darwin, a voyage of discovery

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    Dave Martin follows Charles Darwin’s journey from university back to his birthplace, Shrewsbury. Cambridge The bronze statue of Darwin as a young man perches elegantly on the arm of a garden bench in the grounds of Christ’s College, Cambridge where he was a student from 1829 to 1831. Of this...

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  • Podcast: The Life and Significance of Alan Turing

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    In this podcast, Dr Tommy Dickinson of the University of Manchester, discusses the life and significance of Alan Turing. Alan Mathison Turing, (23 June 1912 - 7 June 1954) was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and mathematical biologist. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer...

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  • Ideas on the Shape, Size and Movements of the Earth - Pamphlet

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    This classic pamphlet takes you through some of the key ideas on the shape, size and movements of the Earth as they changed over time from classical cosmology to the work of Galileo and Isaac Newton.

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  • The Mechanical Battle of Britain

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    The Battle of Britain is often described as the point at which the Nazi threat began to diminish and cracks began to form in Hitler's regime. The air campaign launched by the Germans in the summer of 1940 intended to wipe out the existence of the British Royal Air Force...

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  • Copernicus and the Reformation of Astronomy

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    During the past four centuries, the processes of nature have come to be viewed in a new light through the progressive acquisition of the systematized, verifiable knowledge that we call science. The associated advances in technology have profoundly affected the circumstances of our daily lives, and have revolutionised the mutual...

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  • Religion and Science in the Eighteenth Century

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    Much has been said about the clash between religion and science in Victorian times but there has been less research into the relationship between them in the eighteenth century. This article considers three Georgian clergymen who were also notable scientists – the Reverend William Stukeley, the pioneer of scientific field...

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