Dear all,

Wed like to invite you to the seventh in our series of public lectures hosted by the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Leeds, on "History & Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects."

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 27th September, 6:15-7:15pm, in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, and will be on "A Biblical Herbarium, or, A Story of Victorian Science and Religion."

The history of science is often thought of as a pitched battle between science and religion, enlightenment and dogmatism.  But is that really the case?  And how can a box containing plants named in the Bible -- a Biblical herbarium -- help us examine the issues afresh?  In this lecture, historian of science Dr Jonathan Topham will use the Biblical herbarium in the Leeds collection to re-assess the thorny relationship between science and religion from the Victorian era to our own times.

For more information, and to register, please visit:

All lectures are being recorded and made available for download after the event. The lectures are open to all, for all backgrounds and ages and no prior knowledge assumed. Tea and coffee available from 6:00 onwards -- we hope to see you there!


Gregory Radick
Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT, UK

Tel: (UK) 0113 343 3269
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Director, Leeds Humanities Research Institute
Editor-in-Chief, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Vice President, British Society for the History of Science