Tonight: Scientific Instruments as Teaching Tools in Victorian Britain

c-g-1-gateway-2The 19th century was a time of scientific innovation, with new, ground-breaking instruments pushing the boundaries of human knowledge. But instruments were not only for research: they had a key role in demonstrating scientific discoveries to learners and to lay people. Tonight, starting at 5.30pm, Dr Aileen Fyfe of the School of History will investigate how such instruments were used to spectacular effect in popular scientific lectures, and how they transformed the nature of science teaching in universities, including St Andrews.

The lecture will be held at the Gateway Galleries. Entry is free but booking is essential – please contact museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk and see here for further information.

About standrewshistory
With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from S cotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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