[Humanist] 27.501 events: into the ether

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 501.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 10:39:26 +0000
        From: Alexandra Franklin <alexandra.franklin at BODLEIAN.OX.AC.UK>
        Subject: The lure, and demise, of the ether: Symposium 21 Feb., Oxford

The Lure of the Ether:
physics, modernity and the communications circuit
Friday, 21 February 2014
History Faculty Lecture Theatre, George Street, Oxford
10 am - 4 pm

'All that is solid melts into air' ...

The inventions which created the communications revolution rely upon electromagnetic waves. Experiments and Einstein's theory of relativity challenged the supposed 'ether' through which these waves were thought to move, with dramatic results for the way space and matter might be related.
How did scientists explain the apparently conflicting conceptions which organized their own studies of space and matter in the 20th century; how did the public understand these theories; and what were the ripples, throughout cultural and intellectual life, of the demise of the ether?

Speakers :
Imogen Clarke (Roehampton)
Jaume Navarro (Universidad del País Vasco)
Richard Noakes (Exeter)
Richard Staley (Cambridge)
Michael Whitworth (Oxford)

The symposium is convened by Jaume Navarro, Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries in 2013.

Registration is required; e-mail bookcentre at bodleian.ox.ac.uk<mailto:bookcentre at bodleian.ox.ac.uk>. Please include subject: 'ETHER'.

Dr. Alexandra Franklin
Project Coordinator
Centre for the Study of the Book
Bodleian Library
Oxford OX 1 3BG

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