The Royal Institution of Great Britain

R E C O N S T R U C T I O N S in the History of Science and Technology

Tuesday 15 July 2003 at the Royal Institution 21 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BS

Building a bird-like flying machine from a design by Leonardo da Vinci is fun. But what do we learn by making machines or repeating experiments? This conference looks at various reconstructions, ranging from Leonardo’s glider to a Colossus machine used in codebreaking at Bletchley Park, taking in famous experiments by Galileo and Faraday, and Edison’s invention of the electric light bulb. There will of course be live demonstrations.


0930 REGISTRATION 1000 Martin Kemp and Steven Roberts: Leonardo’s glider 1100 COFFEE 1130 Thomas B. Settle: Experimental research: the case of Galileo 1230 LUNCH (not provided, but there are many cafés nearby) 1400 David Gooding: Faraday 1500 Tim Hunkin: Reinventing Electricity 4.00 TEA 1630 Tony Sale: World War II Colossus 1745 RECEPTION 1900 Adam Hart-Davis: Reconstructions I have Known, Loved, and Hated

P o s t e r s

Posters will include Dr Boris Rankov (London): The Athenian trireme Michael Wright (Science Museum, London): Ancient gearing Matthew Landrus (Oxford): Leonardo da Vinci’s crossbow Dr Allan Mills (Leicester): Insulated wire John Harper (Computer Conservation Society): The Turing bombe rebuild Christopher Burton (Computer Conservation Society): The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine (‘Baby’)

The registration fee for the complete meeting is £29 (£25 Ri and LdV Society members and concessions). The fee for attending only the evening lecture is £8 (£5 Ri and LdV Society members and concessions). BOOKING LINE +44.20.7670.2985 (visa and MasterCard only) INFORMATION Tel: +44.20.7409.2992, Fax: +44.7670.2920. The meeting will take place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BS. The nearest tube station is Green Park.