The Robert Boyle Summer School will run this summer from the 15th - 18th July at his birthplace, Lismore Heritage Town, Co Waterford.
Robert was the son of Richard the “Great Earl” of Cork and was born in Lismore Castle in 1627. He devoted his life to scholarship in theology, philosophy and science and he became a key figure in what is now referred to as the scientific revolution, laying the foundations of the modern world. Hugely influential in his day, he was a founder of the Royal Society, is regarded as the “Father of Modern Chemistry” and is chiefly remembered through the fundamental gas law “Boyle’s Law”. Modern scholarship has shown his life and work to be more complex than previously presented by admiring biographers and his legacy far greater and this will be addressed by leading scholars at the school.
This year is a special year to celebrate: it is the 350th anniversary of the publication of "Boyle's Law" and the 15th July will be the 350th anniversary of the granting of the charter to the Royal Society. The dates of the festival will suit participants attending ESOF Dublin 2012.
Ireland has for many years now had several highly successful summer schools celebrating literary figures and now there will be a place where scientists and non-scientists can meet and discuss matters relating to science and consider the place of science in our culture.
The organisers are pleased to announce that world-leading Boyle scholars will be coming to Lismore including Michael Hunter, Birbeck College London, Lawrence Principe John Hopkins University, Michelle DiMeo, Georgia Tech, Kieth Moore, Librarian at the Royal Society. They will be joined by several scientists including Jonathan Ashmore FRS and Ingrid Hook. There will also be costumed recreations of Boyle's most famous experiments, guided walks and tours.
Enquiries and Booking for the festival may be made with Lismore Heritage Centre
Telephone: +353 (0) 58 54975 / 54855
Time: 15th - 18th July
Venue: Lismore, Co. Waterford
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