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Discovery Day and Charity Auction

This is a fund raising event in aid of the restoration of the Duncan Brother Portraits and the Geological Map.  All three items need serious attention especially the portraits as the intention is to rehang them in the room named after them.

Energy Balance and Obesity: Gluttony or Sloth

Are we eating more than in the past or exercising less? The answer is complicated and controversial. On Friday 25 July 2014 at 7.30 pm, Professor Joe Millward of the University of Surrey will speak on “Energy Balance and Obesity: Gluttony or Sloth”, as part of the Science Group series on Energy.

New Materials for Green Energy

For green energy technologies, development of new materials is crucial. On Friday June 27th at 7.30 pm, Professor Saiful Islam of the University of Bath will explain recent advances for fuel cells and lithium batteries as part of the Science Group series on Energy.

Mayor Honours BRLSI Science Workshops

Paul Thomas awarded the Mayor of Bath's Citizen Award 2014.

Jurassic Ark

Spectacular Fossils from an Ancient Somerset Sea

The summer exhibition at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRLSI)

24th May – 27th September 2014, 10am – 4pm, Monday – Saturday

 

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Did you know...

Genius!

Intellect in the Bath area has always been high. On 31st December 1780 Edmund Rack commented, "this institution promises much rational improvement and instruction; and has a much more favourable beginning than the Royal Society in London had 100 years ago - there being only 5 members for more than two years: and those 5 not superior in learning and genius to most of our members". 11 Members went on to become Fellows of the Royal Society!

Curatorial Curiosities

Coco-de-Mer (<i>Lodoicea maldivica</i>)

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.