History & Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects (Lecture 7)
What: Public Lecture, part of a series on History & Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects
When: Tuesday 27th September, 6:15 – 7:15pm (tea/coffee available from 6:00pm)
"A Biblical Herbarium: or, A Story of Victorian Science and Religion"
The history of science is often thought of as a pitched battle between science and religion, enlightenment and dogmatism. But is that really the case? And how can a box containing plants named in the Bible -- a Biblical herbarium -- help us examine the issues afresh? In this lecture, historian of science Dr Jonathan Topham will use the Biblical herbarium in the Leeds collection to re-assess the thorny relationship between science and religion from the Victorian era to our own times.
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.