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  • Wed
    26
    Sep
    2018
    12.30 - 1 pmBasement Gallery
    Tour

    Join us for a staff-led tour of our Women in Science programme and discover how women have been involved in science for hundreds of years as astronomers, mathematicians, instrument makers, and merchants.

    For the Women in Science programme of events.

  • Thu
    27
    Sep
    2018
    6-7pm
    Lecture

    Ada, Countess of Lovelace, is sometimes called the world’s first computer programmer and has become an icon for women in technology. But how did a young woman in the 19th century, without access to formal school or university education, acquire the knowledge and expertise to become a pioneer of computer science?

    Ursula Martin is a professor at the University of Oxford whose research interests span mathematics, computer science and the humanities. She recently wrote Ada Lovelace, the Making of a Computer Scientist with Christopher Hollings and Adrian Rice. It is the first popular account of the scientific and mathematical education of Ada Lovelace.

    Booking will open on Monday 27 August. Please book via our Eventbrite Page.

    For the Women in Science programme of events.

  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018
    6.30–7.10pm and 8.30–9.10pm
    Special Event

    Frankenstein is revived in a contemporary performance adaptation of this classic novel. 200 years after the publication of Mary Shelley’s book a researcher travels to the frozen south, where the ice is thawing and science is still grappling with the problem of death.

    Booking required: www.if-oxford.com

    For the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018
    7.45pm and 8pm
    Tour

    Drop into the Museum for ten-minute flash talks on the early history of the Old Ashmolean building and the science that inspired Frankenstein.

    For the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018
    12 - 4 pm
    Family-Friendly Drop In

    Join Ada Lovelace and friends for a day of mathematical puzzles and problem-solving from geometry to code-breaking.

    Drop-in, ages 6+

    For the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

  • Thu
    18
    Oct
    2018
    6–7.30pm and 7.30–9pm
    Special Event

    Does the modern world move too fast? We are not the first to ask this question. The Victorians also feared that their lives had been accelerated by new technologies like the railway and telegraph. This interactive event showcases the long history of feeling stressed about the pace of modernity.

    Created with Diseases of Modern Life (University of Oxford).

    Booking required: www.if-oxford.com

    For the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

  • Thu
    25
    Oct
    2018
    Fri
    26
    Oct
    2018
    1 - 4 pm
    Family-Friendly Drop In

    Use Lego to build eccentric drawing machines and join us in creating a huge, colourful and chaotic automatic drawing!

    Drop-in, ages 7+.

  • Thu
    08
    Nov
    2018
    11:00 am
    Tour

    A tactile and hands-on tour for visitors who are blind or partially sighted.

    To book, email: outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk

  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018
    6–9pm
    Special Event

    An evening of performance and music that celebrates Islamic culture and scientific contributions from across the world. Discover the Museum and its collections as a meeting point of ideas and people.

    Created with the Multaka-Oxford team for the Oxford Christmas Light Festival.

    Drop-in, all ages

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    1 - 4 pm
    Family-Friendly Drop In

    Dissect eyeballs and carry out curious visual experiments to investigate and understand how we see.

    Drop-in, ages 9+

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018
    6:00 pm
    Lecture

    Dr Patricia Fara (University of Cambridge) discusses the pivotal roles of women scientists during the First World War, and how their efforts contributed to the war outcome and the Votes for Women movement.

    Booking required via Eventbrite. Bookings will open on 1 October.

  • Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018
    6:00 pm
    Lecture

    Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia and yet mathematicians' difficulty with answering simple questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety.

    In this talk, which shares its title with her recent book, Vicky will describe recent progress towards proving the famous Twin Primes Conjecture and the very different ways in which these breakthroughs have been made - a solo mathematician working in isolation, a young mathematician displaying creativity at the start of a career, and a large collaboration that reveals much about how mathematicians go about their work.

    Vicky Neale is the Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and a Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College.  Her job is to be enthusiastic about mathematics with undergraduates, school students, and the wider public.  Her first book "Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers" was published in October 2017.

    Booking required via Eventbrite. Booking will open on 1 November.

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018
    2 - 4 pm
    Family-Friendly Drop In

    Follow your stars, make an amazing star dial or paper plate planetarium.

    Drop-in, ages 7-13.

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