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03

Wednesday

The George Daniels Lecture 2014 - The Challenge of Invention: An Eternal Flame

6.30pm

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Speaker: Andrew King, historian and horologist

The Challenge of Invention: An Eternal Flame
The quest for innovation that resonates through the centuries to our every faster evolving digital age.

Time keeperIn 1725 John Harrison (1693-1776) invented an entirely new technology with a clock made almost entirely of wood which started Harrison along a road towards a standard of accuracy for pendulum clocks unequalled by anyone else. This technology was developed through a series of Marine Timekeepers which eventually became one of the major factors in solving the centuries old navigation problem of "The Discovery of Longitude at Sea".

This year we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the passing of the famous "Act of Longitude". It is this Act that inspired John Harrison to take up that challenge of invention. For Harrison, the eternal flame burned throughout his life.

Andrew King, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, is an historian with a background in the history of mechanics.

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When & where

6.30pm - 8.30pmWednesday 3rd December 2014

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London 10 Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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