Please find below a series of history of science and medicine events, which are taking place as part of the 2010 Cambridge Science Festival (8-21 March). Other events can be found in our full programme at www.cambridgescience.com. Please email [email protected] with any questions you may have.

8 – 21 March 2010

Darwin Correspondence Project exhibition

9.00 – 17.30 daily @ Cambridge University Press, 1 Trinity Street

The Darwin Correspondence Project produces the definitive edition of the letters of Charles Darwin (1809 – 82); begun in 1974, volume seventeen (of thirty) has recently been published.

Exhibition, drop-in, ages 8+

11 March 2010

Churchill’s College: From Monster to Clone

17.00 – 18.00 @ Wolfson Hall, Churchill College

Join Professor Dudley Williams, Fellow, Churchill College for a history and exploration of the research and achievements of scientists associated with Churchill College which was founded by Sir Winston Churchill for the advancement of scientific and technological education.

Talk, arrive on time, ages 14+, pre-book on 01223 766766

African Science Heroes Film

17.00 – 18.00 @ Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Centre of African Studies

Are there any African equivalents of Einstein, Darwin or Newton? This film about science in Africa touches on the lives of African science heroes and discusses the aspirations of young African scientists. After the screening, there will be a short discussion with the film maker Muza Gondwe.

Film, Arrive on time, all ages

One Hundred Years of Rehabilitation: How Far Have We Come and How Far Still To Go?

18.00 – 19.00 @ Lecture Room 3, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms

Neuropsychological rehabilitation is concerned with the amelioration of cognitive, emotional, psychosocial and behavioural deficits caused by an insult to the brain. In this talk Professor Barbara Wilson looks at the history of rehabilitation since the First World War and considers how things might develop in the future.

Talk, arrive on time, ages 14+

13, 14, 15, 17, 19 & 20 March 2010

Daring Diversity – Walking Tour

11.00 – 13.00 Starting outside the Tourist Information Office, Peas Hill

Join specialist science guides on this intriguing walk. Discover why Newton poked a needle in his eye, why Darwin’s nickname was ‘Gas’: how a calculator caught cows, a pirate brought water to London and a crocodile came to the Cavendish. Cambridge scientists are much more diverse than you think.

Tour, arrive on time, all ages, pre-book on 01223 457574 or email [email protected]

13 March 2010

African Science Heroes

10.00 – 16.00 @ The Café, New Museums Site

View portraits and read descriptions of African science heroes who have made significant contributions to global science and technology. From the 19th century surgeon, scientist, soldier, and political thinker – Africanus Horton to contemporaries like Philip Emgweali, the unsung hero of the internet. Courageous and innovative men and women from across the continent, across the scientific disciplines, and across the ages.

Exhibition, drop-in, all ages

13 March 2010

Dr. Death and the Medi-evil Medicine Show

14.45 – 15.45 @ The Cockcroft Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site

Having a disease is not fun. Coughing, sneezing, vomiting and bleeding are generally not good things. But in the past the treatments could be worse than the disease. Join the deranged, time travelling Doctor Death Simon Watt to see if he can “cure” you. Warning: this show features blood, guts, gore and a lot more!

Talk, arrive on time, ages 8+

13 March 2010

The Way to the Stars: 700 Years of Astronomy

10.00 – 16.00 @ St. John’s College Library

Explore the history of man’s fascination with the stars in the beautiful 17th century Old Library of St John’s College. Exhibition of medieval manuscripts, early printed books, and modern personal papers.

Exhibition, drop-in, all ages

13 March 2010

Intrigue and Espionage: The Mathematics of Code-breaking

11.00 – 12.00 @ the Morrison Room, Cambridge University Library

Dr James Grime will be providing an insight into the history and mathematics of code-breaking in his presentation on cryptography, including a demonstration of a genuine Enigma machine. Following the talk, visitors can try their luck at code-breaking or explore the University Library’s exhibition ‘Under covers: documenting spies’ which includes aerial photographs and maps used in espionage.

Talk, arrive on time, ages 12+

14 March 2010

Upware Open Day 2010 – Science in the Environment

10.00 – 16.00 @ CEES Upware Centre for Environment Education, Old School Lane, Upware

Visitors will have the opportunity to tackle a range of science/art activities with an environmental theme. Although much is aimed at children, adults will enjoy taking part too. The distance from the centre to our unique nature reserve is half a mile; a pleasant walk through beautiful fenland landscape.

Hands-on, drop-in, all ages

14 March 2010

Sir Cornelius Vermuyden’s Fantastic Feat!

14.00 – 16.00 @ Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum

In association with the Royal Society 350th Anniversary Local Heroes programme.

Find out how the fens stay dry: meet Sir Cornelius Vermuyden, see and hear fen drainage engines running and try out our new interactive models, produced by University of Cambridge students as part of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary celebrations.

Please note, normal admission charge applies.


Hands-on, drop-in, all ages, Admission charges apply

15 March 2010

From the Blitz to Bin Laden: How Londoners Respond to Adversity

19.30 – 20.30 @ Lecture Room 3, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms

Professor Simon Wessely will take a look at how populations, in this case the population of London, have responded to the threat and reality of terror from the Second World War to the present day. He will also address the various ways in which professionals have tried to reduce or manage psychological responses to adversity, sometimes with unintended results. Overall, he will argue that ordinary people were and still are rather more resilient than we sometimes assume.

Talk, arrive on time, ages 14+

17 March 2010

The Evolution of the Modern Workplace

17.00 – 18.30 @ Little Hall, Sidgwick Avenue

The modern workplace has transformed over the past 25 years with the privatization of industry, diversification of the job market, collapse of trade union membership, rise in human resource management and new employment laws. William Brown (Professor of Industrial Relations) examines these changes and their lasting consequences. Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

Talk, arrive on time, adults

17 March 2010

Science and Islam

18.00 – 19.00 @ The University Centre

This lecture tells the history of one of the most misunderstood, yet rich and fertile periods in science: the Islamic scientific revolution between 700 and 1500 AD. Science writer, Ehsan Masood charts a religious empire’s scientific heyday, its decline, and the many debates that now surround it.

Talk, arrive on time, ages 14+

18 March 2010

Fred Hoyle: Cosmology and Controversy

18.00 – 19.00 @ Lecture Room 3, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms

Sir Fred Hoyle (1915 – 2001) made outstanding contributions to our understanding of how the Universe works. His finest contribution was his work on the origin of the chemical elements, which are made in stars and released in supernova explosions. In the 1950s he famously argued with the radio astronomers in Cambridge about the origin of the Universe. Hoyle rejected the Big Bang theory, and thus courted controversy. In this talk, Dr Simon Mitton will highlight Hoyle’s work in astrophysics, astrobiology, science fiction, and the popularization of science.

Talk, arrive on time, ages 14+

20 March 2010

Enigma: Codes and Code-breaking

12.00 – 16.00 @ Centre for Mathematical Sciences

The Enigma cipher was one of the most powerful weapons of the Second World War – an apparently unbreakable code. How did a small group of mathematicians crack it? Come and see a demonstration of a genuine Enigma machine, and try your hand at breaking different codes used through 2500 years of history!

Hands-on, drop-in, ages 8+

21 March 2010

11.00 – 17.00

Electric Cambridge @ Cambridge Museum of Technology, the Old Pumping station, Riverside

The Museum is well-known for its steam engines but it also holds a collection of electrical equipment produced by local companies. It has raided its store rooms to create a display including early radios, televisions and measuring machines.

Exhibition, drop-in, ages 8+, Admission charges apply (£3 adults, £1.50 children and concessions)