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Science talk in St Albans 

January 19th 2020
A group of children at a science talk

If you would like to be inspired by science in St Albans make sure you go along on 29th January 2020 at 7:00 pm in the St Albans Museum and Gallery Learning Studio. There a science talk will be held exploring and celebrating the scientists who have lived and worked in St Albans and the wider district.

The talk is part of the current exhibition being held at the St Albans Museum and Gallery called Science in St Albans: Novum Organum Scientiarum. The full exhibition has been running since the 19th of October and is on until 15th March 2020.

Visitors may know of St Albans for its Roman heritage, its place in the Wars of the Roses, or for the Benedictine monastery of St Albans Abbey. However, they may be less familiar with the role St Albans has played in the lives and work of scientists throughout history.

Using Francis Bacon’s scientific method as outlined in his momentous works, Novum Organum, this exhibition explores the discoveries of other scientists that used his method: from the longest-running agricultural experiment in the world at Rothamsted in Harpenden to the pioneering work of entomologist Eleanor Ormerod and Stephen Hawking’s work on black holes.

In this exhibition, you can follow the steps from observation and theory to experimentation and results, to discover its relevance to us today. From the scientific observations of Medieval abbots to the pioneering work of Professor Stephen Hawking on black holes, St Albans has been home to every kind of scientist, including physicists, astronomers, entomologists, medical pioneers, engineering experts and many more.

Through the exhibition at St Albans Museum and Gallery, you can find out more about the following local scientists and companies: Francis Bacon, John Bennet Lawes, R A Fisher, Stephen Hawking, Thomas Mercer, Alexander Neckam, Eleanor Ormerod, Thomas Spencer Wells, Richard of Wallingford, Marconi, Rothamsted Research, Vickers Armstrong. 

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