THE DOC, THE MARSHAL, AND THE GREAT YEAR OF LIGHT
Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
The town of Tombstone, Arizona, famous for Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and the gunfight at the OK Corral, also had a library, an opera house, and … a Microscopical Scientific Society led by a geology pioneer. The town was born in the same year as Albert Einstein and faded away in 1887, the year which laid the foundations for his theory of relativity. That was the year when Heinrich Hertz discovered radio waves and confirmed James Clerk Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory of light, and Michelson and Morley found the speed of light constant for all observers. Dr Howie Firth tells the story of the town and the events of 1887, with some songs from Riders in the Sky.
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