In this smaller, more relaxed public lecture held in The Courtyard we welcome back Dr Martin Smalley. He is a well-known lecturer within the York Physics department, teaching core modules in every undergraduate degree and joins us this time to enlighten us as to how science changes through time.
"It is widely believed that science progresses gradually, pushing back the boundaries of knowledge, but the major steps forward are revolutionary ones, which demand a new way of thinking. I stumbled into a scientific revolution with my work on colloids in the 1990s, and became interested in the process in a wider context. In a wide-ranging talk, I will discuss the Copernican revolution, the Newton-Huyghens debate on the nature of light, and the quantum mechanics and relativity revolutions that rocked science at the beginning of the twentieth century." - Dr Martin Smalley