The Northumberland Telescope, erected at Cambridge University Observatory during the 1830s, and still in use, was one of the great engineering triumphs of 19th century science. Professor Simon Schaffer explores why the instrument was built and how it came into use in those troubled times.
Talk by Dr Julie Adams, Research Fellow at the Museum, which considers the consequences of projects aimed at reconnecting museum collections with source communities in the Pacific. Includes a film shot in Vanuatu in 2007.
Join Christl Donnelly, Professor of Statistical Epidemiology, in a race against the clock to limit the spread of a newly identified infectious disease. Only a coordinated effort will keep the number of deaths down and stop our health services from becoming overwhelmed. Learn why some outbreaks never really take off whereas with others infections spread across the world.
Join Dr Stuart Clark to explore how from Kepler to Newton to Einstein, the greatest breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe came by studying motion in the Universe. Once again, astronomers are seeing movements in the Universe they cannot explain. Is the next big breakthrough imminent?