History & Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects (Lecture 10)
What: Public Lecture, part of a series on History & Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects
When: Tuesday 13th December, 6:15 – 7:15pm (tea/coffee available from 6:00pm)
"The Newlyn-Phillips Machine, or, How Money (with Help from Models and Maths) Makes the World Go Around"
We live in world where computer-based models of economic life seem increasingly not just to represent that life but to run it. How did this come to pass? And what general lessons can be drawn about the role of models in the sciences, natural and social?
With the Leeds Newlyn-Phillips machine -- the world's first economics computer -- as a pivot, this lecture will explore some of the curious ties binding money, maths and models in the 'dismal science' and beyond.
Join us for the Christmas lecture as we bring to an end the first year of our series.
What is the history and philosophy of science? What can it tell us about the way we see ourselves and the world around us? How can objects help us to understand what science is, and has been in the past?
From January 2016, we will answer these questions and more as we examine the history and philosophy of science in a series of 20 monthly lectures. Using objects from the scientific collections of the University of Leeds, we will consider ideas and practices in science, technology and medicine from the ancient world to the present day.
Organised by the the Museum of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine at the University of Leeds, the lectures are for a public audience, and will assume no prior knowledge of the objects or subjects being discussed. Information about each object will be made available online, including podcasts and video recordings of each lecture.