Annual E.G.R. Taylor Lecture: ‘Isaac Newton and the Haven Finding Art’

April 2019

Professor Eva Taylor was a highly regarded, academic geographer who, upon her appointment in 1930, became the first woman to occupy a chair of geography in Britain. She died, age 87, in 1966 and the E.G.R. Taylor lectures take place in October each year to mark the anniversary of her birth.

The 2019 lecture, entitled ‘Isaac Newton and the haven finding art’ will be delivered by  Professor Simon Schaffer. Isaac Newton never went to sea, but maritime affairs played an important role in his career, in studies ranging from resistance to the  movement of hulls to the vexed problems of longitude determination, the set  of techniques E. G. R. Taylor mapped out in her history of navigation as the  ‘Haven-finding Art’. The lecture traces these interests, and uses them to replace Newton and his enterprises in the cultures of geography and navigation that helped encourage work in the mathematical sciences and natural philosophy in Baroque England.

The lecture will be held on Thursday 10 October 6.30pm – 7.30pm (doors open at 5.30pm) at the Royal Geographical Society. It is free but spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. A post-lecture supper at £30 is also available and must be booked by noon on 7 October. Cancellations/changes will not be accepted.

Please book here for tickets and here for the supper.


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