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

Magic Lantern – a Story of Magic, Science and the Enchantment of Objects

Mike Finn, Polina Merkulova, Laura Sellers, Paul Coleman


All Welcome

Originally developed over 200 years ago, and widely used until the mid-20th century, magic lanterns were a spectacular tool of science. From Augustan coffeehouses and university lecture theatres to school classrooms and factory floors, magic lanterns were used to inform, educate and entertain. How did these instruments work? How were they used in communicating science to a variety of audiences? What part did they play in the growth of social campaigning and the birth of modern cinema? And how can humble-seeming objects like these be used to uncover and publicise histories in a way that other sources cannot? In answering these questions, this lecture brings the series as a whole to a fitting close by pressing home the case for taking objects, in all their diversity, seriously when we take science, in all its diversity, seriously.

Click here to watch Mike Finn, Polina Merkulova, Laura Sellers, & Paul Coleman explain how…

Then, if that fires your imagination and curiousity, why not join the online discussion group at 4pm Fri 11th June. For details of how to access the discussion group, please click here.

This lecture is the last 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.