Join in the Davy Notebooks Project and help transcribe these important sources for anyone interested in science and literature.
About the project:
Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829) was perhaps the most famous chemist of
the nineteenth century. This project aims to transcribe five of Davy’s
early notebooks, which show his experiments in both chemistry and
The notebooks selected for this pilot run reveal how Davy’s mind
worked and how his thinking developed. Containing details of his
scientific experiments, poetry, geological observations, travel
accounts, and personal philosophy, Davy's notebooks present us with a
wide range of fascinating insights. Many of the pages of these notebooks have never been transcribed before.
By transcribing these notebooks, we will find out more about the young
Davy, his life, and the cultures and networks of which he was part.
The transcriptions produced by Zooniverse participants, and images of
the manuscript pages, will later be published online on a custom-built,
open access website, providing unprecedented access to these important
historical documents. All individual participants will be given the
option to be listed in the Acknowledgements section of the Davy
Notebooks Project website. This is entirely optional, and at the sole
discretion of each individual participant.
We hope that transcribers will also take part in the next run of our FutureLearn Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Humphry Davy: Laughing Gas, Literature, and the Lamp’. You will be able to sign up to this course at the end of July and the four-week course will begin on 28 October 2019.
Davy’s Notebooks in the RI
The RI holds an important collection of seventy-one unpublished
notebooks written by Davy. Davy held several positions at the RI
(Director of the Laboratory, 1801-25; Professor of Chemistry, 1802-12;
Honorary Professor, 1813-23) and did his most important research there.
The current run of the Davy Notebooks Project is intended as a pilot: we
aim to transcribe five notebooks between June-September 2019. If
successful, the project will later be expanded, and further notebooks
will be transcribed.
Monday, July 15, 2019
Monday, July 08, 2019
The Cavendish Research Staff Committee presents:
Free screening of the Award-Winning Film:
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
Along with a discussion with expert panelists:
Dr Maurice Chiodo - Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Dr Jennifer Cobbe - Cambridge University's Trust & Technology Initiative
Dr Kanta Dihal - Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
Friday, July 12th, 18.30
Small Lecture Theater, Cavendish Laboratory
This is the first event in a series which will address topics concerning ethics in science and how new technologies might impact society.
On our opening event, we will start by trying to tackle some of the more general and thorny questions such as: "Is it the scientists' responsibility to consider the ethical implications of their work?", "Have scientific progress and technological developments failed us?", and "How do we decide what is good for society?"
We will explore these questions with the help of guest panelists, the screening of the Award-winning docufilm Three Identical Strangers by DogWoof productions, and interactive audience participation.
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food will be provided. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other dietary restrictions.
Guests and family members are welcome!
You are encouraged to register for the event here.
The Cavendish Laboratory Research Staff Committee