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Scientific explanations have often relied on common objects, from watches to grains of sand, to provide an understanding of the natural world. The use of familiar things to illustrate scientific theories was particularly prevalent and powerful in the mid-nineteenth century.

In this talk we will see how many different household artefacts – from candles to cups of tea, pebbles to primroses, salt to see-saws – were used to instruct new audiences in the science of common things.

The Science of Common Things

Dr Melanie Keene MA MPhil PhD (Cantab)

Junior Research Fellow, Homerton College, Cambridge University

20 th October 2010

Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University