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Discovery: 200 years of the Cambridge Philosophical Society

8 March - 31 August 2019
Monday-Friday 09.00-18.30, Saturday 09.00-16.30
Sunday Closed
Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library
Free. All welcome.

Founded in 1819, the Cambridge Philosophical Society provided an open forum for Cambridge graduates to discuss current scientific ideas and present new research. Over the last 200 years, the Cambridge Philosophical Society has played a key role in raising the profile of Cambridge’s most significant developments in natural science. This exhibition shows us how the activity of the Society underpins 200 years of discovery, including Darwin’s theory of evolution; Newton’s laws of motion; Cambridge’s first Nobel Prizewinner, Lord Rayleigh’s seminal work on waves.

Free guided tours of the exhibition are available every Friday from 11-11.30am (excluding Good Friday). All welcome, no need to book. Tours start in the Entrance Hall.

Hans Keller (1919-1985): from functional analysis to football

4 – 31 March 2019
Monday-Friday 09.00-18.30, Saturday 09.00-16.30
Sunday Closed
Entrance Hall, Cambridge University Library
Free. All welcome.

2019 marks the centenary of the birth of musician and broadcaster Hans Keller, whose remarkable mind dominated British musical life after the second world war. This exhibition presents materials from his extensive archive held at the University Library focusing on his innovative wordless method of music analysis and his love of football.

EVENT | 25 Apr 15.30-17.45 | ALL WELCOME

Launch event for Schnitzler Digital Edition

An event to mark the University Library’s hosting of the major new digital edition of works by Arthur Schnitzler.

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EVENT | 25 Apr 18.00-19.00 | ALL WELCOME

The Great Wurstel [FULLY BOOKED]

Austrian dramatist Arthur Schnitzler’s human puppets will come to life in the first ever theatre performance in the Cambridge University Library.

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TALK | 30 Apr 18.00-19.00 | ALL WELCOME

Unique humans and missing extraterrestrials: a strange connection?

Professor Simon Conway Morris provides the first lecture in our Science Past & Present series.

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TALK | 8 May 17.00-18.00 | ALL WELCOME

An age of discoveries: 250 years since Captain Cook's Endeavour Voyage to the Pacific

Edwin Rose discusses the working practices of two natural historians who travelled on the ship Endeavour to the Pacific between 1768 and 1771.

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EVENT | 24 May 12.00-13.00 | ALL WELCOME

Pop-up scientists: Illuminating early animal evolution

Join Henslow Fellow, Dr Emily Mitchell, and find out more about her current research.

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TALK | 28 May 17.00-18.30 | ALL WELCOME

Out of the shadows: Unknown autographs of Ivan Bunin, the first Russian Nobel Prize winner for Literature

Vera Tsareva-Brauner will talk about her extraordinary discovery in the University Library of book dedications written by Ivan Bunin.

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TALK | 12 Jun 18.00-19.00 | ALL WELCOME

The Cambridge Philosophical Society and the invention of science 1819-2019

Our second Science Past & Present series lecture is with Dr Susannah Gibson, author of 'The Spirit of Inquiry'.

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EVENT | 21 Jun 12.00-13.00 | ALL WELCOME

Pop-up scientists: Are you hungry? The molecular basis of starvation

Join Henslow Fellow, Dr Glenn Masson, and find out more about his current research.

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Our public event programme is generously supported by the Friends of the Library.

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