Thursday 19th February 2015, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Suitability: 15 YRS+
Enjoy an evening of history, art and science where Alison Hackett, author and curator of The Visual Time Traveller, will give a visual journey through history, art and science since the Renaissance.
As the 19th Century draws to a close we find Bram Stoker is writing Dracula while X-rays and blood-thinning Aspirin are discovered; the first modern Olympic games are held in Athens and Cézanne creates his seminal modernist painting, The Bathers. Alison will talk about a few of the hundred stories captured in five-year time steps – a kaleidoscopic view of history and human achievement.
Alison’s talk will be followed by Poet and physicist Iggy McGovern who will discuss the possible connections between poetry and science, with particular reference to the writings of 20th century Czech immunologist and poet, Miroslav Holub, and 19th century Irish mathematician and poet, William Rowan Hamilton. The latter is the subject of McGovern’s verse biography A Mystic Dream of 4 and the presentation will include brief selections of the poetry of all three poets.