Following our tour of the four classical elements, this term the Science and Literature Reading Group looks to the fifth: aether. Our first three meetings focus on ways in which ethereal concepts have been used: as a vehicle for the imagination; as a medium for interconnection; and as a means of communication. The final meeting will celebrate completing the elementary series with a found poetry workshop using all of the texts we have read and discussed over the past year.
All are welcome to join in our wide-ranging and friendly conversations, which take place at Darwin College on selected Monday evenings from 7.30–9pm. The group is organised by Melanie Keene and Charissa Varma.
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22nd January – Imagination
- Anna Laetitia Barbauld, ‘A Summer Evening’s Meditation’, (1773).
- John Tyndall, The Scientific Use of the Imagination (1870)
5th February – Connection
- John Davidson, ‘Fleet Street’ (1909)
- Oliver Lodge, Ether and Reality (1925), ch. 2, ‘Fundamental notions about an ether’, 33-46.
26th February – Communication
- Rudyard Kipling, ‘Wireless’ (1902).
- Philip R. Coursey, ‘Interplanetary Wireless?’, Wireless World (1920).
- Eric Roach, ‘Beyond’ (1950).
12th March – Elementary Poetry workshop