Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
The promotion advancement of science, literature and art
In 2009 the BRLSI hosted the 'Self Help' Mechanics Worldwide Conference. This was thanks to the tireless work of BRLSI members Bob Draper and Peter Ford.
Seedy humour:The fruit of the Coco-de-Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) contains the largest seed known. 40–50 cm in diameter and weighing 15–30 kg, the fruit requires 6–7 years to mature. The shape of the seed has been said to be suggestive of parts of human anatomy. Coincidentally, the inflorescence of the palm is rather phallic.