List members are warmly invited to attend the Royal Society Centre for History of Science’s spring 2013 series of Friday lunchtime lectures. All lectures are held at the Royal Society, and more information can be found on our events website The lectures are aimed at a public audience, so do advertise them to anyone who might be interested in attending.

Friday 22 February, 1pm
Neil Calver, University of Kent
‘The Royal Society and the Rothschild “Controversy” 1971-72’

Friday 1 March, 1pm
Dr Greg Lynall, University of Liverpool
‘Laputian Newtons: The Science and Politics of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels’

Friday 8 March, 1pm
Professor Felix Driver, Royal Holloway, University of London
‘Maritime science and the visual culture of exploration: the albums of a Victorian naval surgeon’

Friday 15 March, 1pm
Professor Claire Preston, University of Birmingham
‘“Dark, clowdy, and impertinent”: Thomas Browne’s scientific language’

Friday 22 March, 1pm
Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, University of Cambridge
‘Unsung heroes: artistic contributors to the early Royal Society’

Friday 5 April, 1pm
Jenifer Glynn
‘My Sister Rosalind Franklin’

Friday 12 April, 1pm
Dr Guido Giglioni, Warburg Institute, University of London
‘Experimental misunderstandings: The precedent of Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum and the beginnings of the Royal Society’

Friday 19 April, 1pm
Dr Diane Johnson, Open University
‘Iron from the sky: the potential influence of meteorites on ancient Egyptian culture’

Friday 26 April, 1pm
Dr Katy Price, Queen Mary, University of London
‘The Popular Reception of Relativity in Britain’

Friday 3 May, 1pm
Dr Neil Tarrant, Imperial College, London
‘Defining nature’s limits: Prosecuting magic in sixteenth-century Italy’