Please accept our invitation to the first STS Haldane Lecture, a special
event for all of us in STS.
UCL Wilkins Building, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
"Mutability, mobility and meteorites: on some material cultures of the
Professor Simon Schaffer (University of Cambridge)
The work of the sciences deals with challenging and complex objects whose
properties and character are rarely stable nor entirely easy to fix.
Elaborate and ingenious techniques are developed to manage such objects
and to render them observable and describable. The long history of
meteoritics, and its antecedents in folklore, in natural history, in field
chemistry, and in astronomy provide rich material for this approach to the
work of the sciences. The lecture explores some aspects of that history,
especially to connect practices designed to cope with mutable materials
and the changing narratives of life, space and earth in which these
objects found their place.
What are the STS Haldane Lectures?
STS launched the Haldane Lectures in 2014 in honour of UCL Professor JBS
Haldane (1892-1964), a polymath not only in the life sciences but also in
science communication and science policy. We aim to hold two Haldane
Lectures each year, one in History and Philosophy of Science; another, in
Science and Society.
or phone STS 0207 679 1328
Professor Joe Cain
Head of Department
UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies
University College London | Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | UK
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Lecture 20 Nov: STS Haldane Lecture - Simon Schaffer - "Mutability,
mobility and meteorites: on some material cultures of the sciences"