Robert Boyle Summer School: Imponderable Science
In everyday language we still talk of heat and cold being different qualities and this was the predominant belief in Boyle’s time. Boyle conducted extensive experiments to investigate cold and temperature and in 1665, published New Experiments and Observations Touching Cold.
Paul Nugent, Dr Sheila Donegan, Eoin Gill and Cordula Weiss will present a recreation and interpretation of Boyle’s own work. Sheila, Eoin and Cordula work with Calmast the STEM Hub for the South East of Ireland based in Waterford Institute of Technology where they manage a large programme of science promotion and communication. Paul is a physics teacher based in Dublin and the Institute of Physics Teacher Coordinator for the Republic of Ireland and one of the leads in the very popular Physics Busking initiative. All four are part of the organising committee and will normally be behind the scenes keeping everything running smoothly. They will come together to recreate Boyle’s own experiments and explain them in the context of understanding of the time and their significance for the evolution of science.
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