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The Royal Society's Place in Science


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The Royal Society's Place in Science

Broadcast Friday 9th September, 1960, 10.10 - 10.25 pm on 3LO Melbourne (ABC Radio).

The Royal Society, to most people who have heard of such things, means The Royal Society of London, and while I am talking about the Royal Society of Victoria, which is just over 100 years old, we should look for a minute or two at its parent, the first of its kind and one of the oldest scientific societies in the world—The Royal Society, which has just been celebrating its 300th birthday.

Three hundred years ago the world of science was very young. The first experimental scientists had to start with hardly any knowledge at all. They had a clean sheet, they had to find out principles that are now part of introductory books about science, especially about how the volume of gas changes with the pressure—Boyle, who did this work was one of the original members. Since they knew so little they could all meet and talk together about their own work or other work in Europe, or watch experiments by one of their own members, which was one of their purposes.

People in Bright Sparcs - Leeper, Geoffrey Winthrop

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Leeper, Geoffrey Winthrop 1960 'The Royal Society's Place in Science', typescript, Royal Society of Victoria papers, State Library of Victoria, MS 11663, item 35/6.

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