The Pen is mightier than the Laser? The Power of Light in Literature, Art and Culture

The Pen is mightier than the Laser? The Power of Light in Literature, Art and Culture

Lecture by Dr Greg Lynall

For centuries, writers and artists have been fascinated by the science of light. This talk will trace the history of light technologies by exploring the many ways in which literature, art and popular culture have both reflected and influenced developments in optics, photonics and photovoltaics. Ranging from John Milton to Ian McEwan, Archimedes to Isaac Asimov, the lecture will show how the imaginative power of light inspires us to think about the relationships between science and nature, humanity and the cosmos.

Dr Greg Lynall is a writer and academic at the University of Liverpool. His publications include Swift and Science (2012), and he is currently writing a cultural history of solar power.

Event details

When: 25 September, 13:00 – 13:45
Where: Library of Birmingham

 

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January 29, 2015

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