KELVIN AND THE CABLES

September 11 → 11:30 am12:30 pm

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Prof. Peter W. Higgs Memorial Lecture

The laying of the first transatlantic cable in 1858 led to celebrations in New York like those a century later for the first man on the Moon. But it soon failed, and it was only ten years later that Brunel’s Great Eastern was able to go back with a strong enough cable and a safe enough underwater route. And as Dr Alan Walker of Edinburgh University explains, a key role in the project was played by the Scottish scientist Lord Kelvin, born 200 years ago.

This lecture is dedicated to the late Prof. Peter Higgs, who was a friend and colleague of Dr Walker and a friend of the Festival, coming to speak on several occasions, most recently in 2017 in conversation with his former student Dennis Canavan. A video was made by another friend from Edinburgh University, the late Clive Greated, and part of it is online.

WORKSHOP: CRITICAL MINERALS FOR CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
BUFFET LUNCH OF ORKNEY FARE

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