Lord Kelvin, First Baron of Largs: a Father of the Digital Age?

Speaker: Professor Mark A Girolami, Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering, Cambridge University

Synopsis: Our digital era is hallmarked by breathtaking transformations and disruptions in all that we experience. The names of those at the forefront of this age include Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and, further back, Alan Turing, Claude Shannon, Ada Lovelace, and James Clerk-Maxwell. One name is missing: William Thomson, First Baron Kelvin. This lecture considers whether Lord Kelvin should be added to the list.


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01 May 2024


2:15 pm


Wednesday Lecture - online and U3AC, Pink room. Places for in person attendance must be pre-booked. Bookings open from 7 days before the lecture.