I am getting ready for my trip out West next week. I will be giving two talks on The Philosophical Breakfast Club in Vancouver. On Thursday, February 16th, I will be lecturing on “The Philosophical Breakfast Club and the Invention of the Scientist” to the Nineteenth-Century Studies Group at the University of British Columbia—an interdisciplinary faculty and graduate student consortium. (For further information on the talk, which is free and open to the public, see here.)
Then, the next morning, on Friday February 17, I will be part of a panel on “Creating a Global Knowledge Society: Lessons from History, Philosophy, and Sociology” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. My talk, “Global Science and the Public Good: Tidalogy, Meteorology, and Magnetism,” will address the way that William Whewell and John Herschel, inspired by their Sunday morning philosophical breakfasts and Francis Bacon’s writings, spearheaded international research on the tides, weather and terrestrial magnetism. See here for more information.
It should be an exciting and busy two days!