9 June, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Victorian Printing Press: Printing’s Surprising Role in the Making of the Modern Sciences

Jon Topham & Konstanin Kiprianjov


All Welcome

How is knowledge made?  And what kind of technologies are involved in the process?  We tend to think of scientific facts as being discovered in laboratories and observatories, or perhaps in the field.  Only then do wider audiences get to hear about them.  But historians of science increasingly see the relationship between the making and communication of new knowledge as much more intimately connected, even interactive.  As well as retorts and telescopes, scientists have had to respond to the changing technologies of communication in order to establish their claims to knowledge as true facts. A printing press from a working Victorian print room on the Leeds University campus enables us to explore this rich theme, with particular attention to developments in the age that turned Darwin as well as Dickens into household names.

Then, if this fires your imagination and curiousity, why not join the online discussion group at 4pm Tue 9th June. For details of how to access the discussion group, please click here.

This lecture is the 17th in a series of 20 as part of a free online course offering an introduction to the History of Science by the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds.