Lord Kelvin: Beyond Absolute Zero (second showing)

Lord Kelvin: Beyond Absolute Zero (second showing)

LK200 ARC Public
Date: Tuesday 25 June 2024 - Tuesday 09 July 2024
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Venue: Advanced Research Centre (ARC), 11 Chapel Lane, Glasgow, G11 6EW
Category: Exhibitions

Mention Lord Kelvin and many people think of temperature and his discovery of absolute zero, the lowest temperature possible. However, Kelvin was a polymath, who made many pioneering contributions beyond thermodynamics, in areas of electromagnetism, geology, nautical engineering and chemistry, to name but a few.

Lord Kelvin was born William Thomson 200 years ago this year, and in this special exhibition, we combine science, maths and art to offer a fascinating insight into some of his lesser-known achievements. Discover his work on ‘chirality’, crucial for life as we know it, and explore his solution for the most efficient space-filling shape (which held the record until only very recently!). We will also spotlight his groundbreaking contributions to electrical standards, global communications and imagining atoms as knots in the aether. 

The exhibition will include an immersive work by the artist Gregor Harvie, rarely seen artefacts from the University's Special Collections and interactive displays created with current University of Glasgow researchers.

Lord Kelvin 200

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