In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus


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3 - John Tyndall and the Winter of Discontent

David Livingstone

Professor of Geography & Intellectual History, Queen’s University Belfast.

John Tyndall’s famous Presidential Address to the Belfast Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1874 caused a storm of protest. In its aftermath, local clergy vigorously opposed what they took to be Tyndall’s materialism. In an effort to stem the tide towards unbelief, pamphlets were published, sermons preached, and lectures delivered that winter in Belfast on the question of science and religion.

This local event, which echoed around the world, is the subject of today’s lecture.

Vanity Fair caricature of John Tyndall (1872) by Adriano Cecioni.

City of Science: Victorian and Edwardian Belfast

Lunchtime lecture series, Ulster Museum, Wednesday 24th April at 1.00pm.

This series has been organised by Queen’s University Belfast and funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

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