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Due to the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, LPLS regret that we have had to cancel all forthcoming events. We hope that everyone is keeping safe and well - and if you need something to stretch the grey matter during self-isolation...just read on...

What can a carving of a horse and rider from 7th century BCE Cyprus tell us about theories of the human mind from Plato to Freud…? Can a computer that uses flowing water instead of electricity teach us how an economy works?…And how did wool help unlock the secrets of DNA, the material of heredity? The answers to these and many more intriguing questions are explored in ‘History and Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects’ a new free online course which offers a gripping introduction to the History of Science thanks to the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds. For more information on how to access the course and lectures please click here.

Also - LPLS were delighted to see that Nesyamun, 'The Leeds Mummy' made the international news recently - he may have been dead for 3000 years, but he is no longer silent - click here to read more...

And finally - we are delighted to announce that, when normal life resumes - our two new booklets 'From Dark Satanic Mills to DNA: How Science in Leeds Changed the World' and 'William Gascoigne - Leeds Astronomer' will be on sale in the gift shop at Leeds City Museum