This term the Science and Literature Reading Group takes to the air, as we continue our series of meetings exploring the elements. We will focus on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century pneumatics, from eudiometry to aeronautics, considering how air was philosophised, exploited, and consumed.
Meetings take place on Monday evenings at Darwin College from 7.30–9pm. Please note that this term we will be meeting in the ground floor seminar room of 1 Newnham Terrace. All are welcome to join in our wide-ranging and friendly discussions!
The group is organised by Melanie Keene and Charissa Varma. For recaps, further readings, news, and other updates, please visit our blog. We have also recently joined Twitter: you can follow us @scilitreadgrp.
Lent Term 2017
6 February: Atmosphere
- Joseph Priestley, 'Of Dephlogisticated Air, and of the constitution of the Atmosphere', from Observations on Various Kinds of Air (1776 2nd edn), Vol. II, 29–61.
20 February: Breath
- Richard Polwhele, 'The Pneumatic Revellers; An Eclogue', in Poems (1810), Vol. V, iii–viii and 1–17.
13 March: Flight
- Thomas Baldwin, Airopaidia (1786), as much as you'd like of 1–164 ('The Excursion throu' the Air'), especially 1–14, 29–59, 94–97.