1 April 2021
An intriguing connection between LPLS and the Red Planet…???
A Martian sundial might well sound as if it has come straight from some H.G. Wells or Jules Verne-inspired steampunk fantasy, but Leeds astronomer and former President of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society Charles Whitmell (1849-1919) did actually once build such a device. Now, over a century later, a similar timepiece is being carried over the surface of Mars by NASA’s Perseverance Rover as it hunts for signs of life on the Red Planet after its landing on 18th February 2021. As we move into our third century, the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society is delighted to be reaching beyond Yorkshire and to the stars.
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Brotherton100 online exhibition
An online exhibition celebrating the start of book and manuscript collecting by industrialist Edward Brotherton
Reith Lectures 2021
If you enjoyed our lectures on Artificial Intelligence you might want to listen to/read this year's Reith Lectures on this topical subject.
Events Programme 2022
We're planning a typical range of interesting and challenging topics from speakers who are leaders in their field.
How Local Astronomer William Gascoigne Put Leeds at the Forefront of the Scientific Revolution – All Thanks to a Spider…
When William Gascoigne (1612-1644) died, whilst fighting for the army of King Charles I in the English Civil Wars, he seemed destined to be forgotten by history.
The Society makes grants both to individuals and to organisations in support of cultural and scientific activities which increase innovation, outreach and diversity in Leeds and its immediate area. It also supports local museums and galleries and publications relating to the city.
Since 1819, the Phil & Lit has been inviting the people of Leeds to hear from knowledgeable and entertaining speakers. Many are leaders in their field of science, arts or current affairs. We also hold an annual Science Fair and organise occasional visits. Becoming a member means that you’ll receive invitations to all these activities. In future, we plan to have a mix of real and virtual events.