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‘Behold a New Thing in the Earth!’: Reflections on Science at the Great Exhibition

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April
082011

13:00 - 14:00

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The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

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   Speaker: Professor Geoffrey Cantor

The Great Exhibition of 1851 has routinely been portrayed as a celebration of science, technology, and manufacturing. However, for many contemporaries – including Prince Albert – it was a deeply religious event. In analysing responses to the Exhibition, we shall examine the complex and fascinating relations between science, technology and religion at the start of the high Victorian period.

 

‘Behold a New Thing in the Earth!’: Reflections on Science at the Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of 1851 has routinely been portrayed as a celebration of science, technology, and manufacturing. However, for many contemporaries – including Prince Albert – it was a deeply religious event. In analysing responses to the Exhibition, we shall examine the complex and fascinating relations between science, technology and religion at the start of the high Victorian period.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK