and its Christmas Lectures
|2013 Christmas Lectures, Credit: Paul Wilkinson|
Michael Faraday was one of the famous scientists who worked in the Royal Institute, and in 1826 he started the tradition to give lectures during the Christmas season. The lectures became popular during the years, only stopping during WWII. Topics were various from zoology to chemistry, and in the last decades it included space science, computers, history, music or geology, by famous scientists, such as Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins or David Attenborough: http://rigb.org/docs/christmas_lecturers_18252013_0.pdf .
You can watch previous televised lectures on the Royal Institute’s website. In the 20th century, the lectures also published as books to provide even wider audience for science.
Review by Erika Prange, SWC Librarian