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Radiometers as buttonholes: the extraordinary material legacy of William Crookes

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November
182011

13:00 - 14:00

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

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   Dr Jane Wess, Science Museum, London

William Crookes was a physicist, chemist, entrepreneur and spiritualist. Being a consummate experimenter he designed precision instruments of great delicacy, in particular exquisite glass vacuum tubes. The radiometer, when first exhibited in 1875, took the scientific world by storm, and became his trade mark. Other artefacts in the Science Museum collection include a spiral model of the periodic table of elements, sun spectacles, and a portrait of his medium Florence Cook. His train of thought has been recorded not only through his scientific papers but through the development of his beautiful instruments.

Radiometers as buttonholes: the extraordinary material legacy of William Crookes

On Friday 18 November Jane Wess discusses the inventions of William Crookes, and in particular his most famous instrument, the radiometer.

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