The Royal Institution, London
May 11, 2023
Fab evening at London’s historic Royal Institution. Such an amazing venue. Such a warm and intimate space for a talk. And such a friendly and enthusiastic audience. Thanks to Daniel Glaser for showing me behind the scenes – the gallery around the theatre, the room with the old Christmas Lectures props etc – and telling about the amazing acoustics of the theatre, designed by Thomas Webster in 1799 (see below).
What I would give to have a time machine so I could back to 1821 and see an electric motor whirring in Faraday’s RI lab as horse-drawn carriages rattled past on the cobbles outside. The only electric motor in the world! A piece of the future that had somehow fallen through a crack of time into Victorian London. Faraday and his 14-year-old nephew, George, were so euphoric at the sight that they danced around the lab table, then went off to a circus to celebrate.