Thursday, 28 February 2013

James Clerk Maxwell

On Tuesday 5 March we are holding a joint meeting with KESS (Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society).
Professor Jim Penman from the University of Strathclyde will be speaking to us about " The Genius of James Clerk Maxwell".

Born in Edinburgh and buried at Parton Kirk near Castle Douglas, James Clerk Maxwell is one of the most influential scientists of all time. Albert Einstein acknowledged that the origins of the special theory of relativity lay in Clerk Maxwell's theories, saying “The work of James Clerk Maxwell changed the world forever”.

Clerk Maxwell's research into electromagnetic radiation led to the development of television, mobile phones, radio and infra-red telescopes. The largest astronomical telescope in the world, at Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii, is named in his honour.

It should be a most informative and enjoyable evening.

Monday, 4 February 2013

The Search For el Dorado

Two weeks ago, our speaker,Alistair Glen, mentioned the Spanish canon raised from the seabed off Portencross Castle.  We continue this Spanish theme in our next talk which will be given by Dr. Ian Matheson.  The title of his lecture on Tuesday 5 February is 

 ‘In Search of El Dorado – The Spanish Conquistadors of the 16th Century' 


Come along and join us in Kilmarnock College at 7.30pm.