Wallace and the Flat Earth Controversy
5 March 2013, 17.00 – 18.00
Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, London
On 5 March 1870, Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 – 1913) undertook an experiment to prove the rotundity of Earth and win a £500 wager with a flat earth believer; 143 years to the day, Dr Christine Garwood examines this now infamous episode in Wallace’s career, and its broader place in the history of science and belief. About Christine Garwood Dr Christine Garwood, Lecturer in Public History at the University of Hertfordshire, was Research Fellow on the Alfred Russel Wallace Project at the Open University 1999-2003. She is author of Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea (2007). What is Wallace100? Wallace100 is an informal international association of organisations who are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wallace’s death in 2013.
This is the second in a series of monthly Wallace100 lectures at the Museum, in which leading biologists and historians will discuss Wallace’s life and work. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance. Book tickets via this link:http://www.nhm.ac.uk/