Next week, on Thursday, May 19th, our friends at the Wagner Free Institute of Science will be hosting another one of their fantastic free lectures, this one, features Dr. Oliver Gaycken of the University of Maryland.
An expert n the history of popular science, Gaycken’s talk will “will demonstrate a variety of images used to communicate science drawing from the vast collection at the Wagner and from the world of early scientific cinema.”
Here’s a bit more about the lecture, straight from the Wagner:
In his lecture, Dr. Gaycken will focus on how two forms of early visual media—lantern slides and 16mm film—were used in the late-19th and early-20th centuries to teach science to the general public. Given that, today, you can click a button and watch endless videos about science, it is hard to imagine a time when people would have been fascinated by a 50-second silent film of cheese mites under a microscope.
However, in 1903 when the short film “The Cheese Mites” was shown to a captivated audience in Britain, it was one of the first times that cinema was used to make people aware of something that was previously invisible (at least to people who didn’t own a microscope). Even then, it was clear that visual media have a unique way of engaging people and teaching difficult science concepts.
After the lecture, attendees will be able to meet Dr. Gaycken and explore the museum. The talk is, as always, free and open to everyone, but the reception afterwards is just $10.
For more information on the Wagner and their incredible events, visit their website.