13 Journeys through space and time

6.30pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 3 November

Sunley Room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • An Ri archive photograph of the 1944 CHRISTMAS LECTURES presented by Spencer Jones

    Credit: Royal Institution


Standard £7,

Concession £5,

Free to Patrons and Members

Event description

This special event celebrates the publication of a very special book which brings to life thirteen of the most captivating CHRISTMAS LECTURES on space and time. Packed full of Ri archive content such as handwritten letters, photographs and transcripts, the book explores what we thought we knew then and what has been discovered since.

13 Journeys through Space and Time: Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution is written by Colin Stuart and published by Michael O'Mara Books in partnership with the Royal Institution. Proceeds from the sale of the book will help support the Royal Institution.

Join Prof Frank James from the Ri's heritage team and the book's author Colin Stuart to find out more about the rich scientific heritage and personal stories contained in the book. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception and the chance to view an exhibition of items from the Ri's archive that feature in the book. Special editions of the book will be available to purchase. 

We are grateful to Michael O'Mara Books for supporting this event. 

About the speakers

Colin Stuart is a space geek who talks to tens of thousands of people about the stars every year. A freelance science writer too, he has written for the Guardian, Observer, New Scientist and the European Space Agency amongst many others. He has been a runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize and is the author of several books, including The Big Questions in Science and Why Space Matters to Me.

Frank James is Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution where he is also Head of Collections and Heritage. His has written widely on science and technology in the nineteenth century and how they relate to other areas of society and culture, for example technology, art, religion and the military. He edited in six volumes The Correspondence of Michael Faraday (IET), wrote Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction (OUP) and edited the sequicentenary edition of Faraday’s Christmas lectures on the Chemical History of the Candle (OUP). He is currently studying Humphry Davy’s practical work. He has been President of both the Newcomen Society for the History of Engineering and Technology and the British Society for the History of Science. 

About the book

13 Journeys Through Space and Time: Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution by Colin Stuart, with a foreword from British ESA astronaut Tim Peake, is published by Michael O'Mara Books. Books go on sale from Thursday 3 November and can be purchased from leading retailers for £12.99. 

Ri Member offer

Ri Members can receive a 50% discount when ordering directly from the publisher, Michael O’Mara Books. 

To redeem this offer please call +44 (0)20 7491 6588 or email membership@ri.ac.uk and your name and membership number will be validated. You will then be given a code which you will need to quote over the phone when you put in an order for the book. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, there is no cash alternative available.

Offer ends: 31 December 2016 

Did you know? 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of the first television broadcast of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES by the BBC, making it the world’s oldest science series.

13 Journeys through Space and Time: Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution is published by Michael O'Mara Books in partnership with the Royal Institution. 

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