PATRICIA FARA: 4000 years in 400 pages

Saturday 24 October 2009

John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester. 1 till 2.30pm

A public lecture sponsored by Manchester Science Festival. How do you fit 4000 years of science into 400 pages? Historians

call thisthe Big Picture problem, and now Patricia Fara has provided a solution. In this talk, she discusses three of the

Big Questions she had to confront while she was writing Science: A Four Thousand Year History: When did science begin? Who did

science? How does science change? Some of her answers may be unexpected.

Patricia Fara’s books include Newton: the Making of Genius (2002), An Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the

Enlightenment (2003), and Scientists Anonymous: Great Stories of Women in Science (2005). She is a Fellow of Clare College,

Cambridge, where she lectures on the history of science.

The event is free. No need to book: just turn up!