Humphry Davy and the Promise of Betterment Through Science

08 July 2019



Image: Sir Humphry Davy Bt (1778-1829)
Statue by W & T Wills of London, erected 1872 in Penzance

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This illustrated talk will consider the place of Humphry Davy in the development of modern chemistry, and discuss Davy’s experiments with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and the ways in which Davy integrated his scientific work with his interests in poetry and philosophy.

Dr Tony Cothey has taught for many years at the Open University, where he delivered a course on the life and work of Sir Humphry Davy in the cultural context of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Dr Tony Cothey, The Open University