Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Third Humphry Davy Science Lecture

Touching and Feeling the Nano-World

Concerts Penzance hosts it’s third annual Humphry Davy Science Lecture on Friday 16th November at 7.30pm at St John's Hall when Prof. Mervyn Miles FRS, FInstP, CPhys of Bristol University presents a lecture looking at the tiniest developments in science.

Mervyn Miles is Professor of Physics and Head of the Nanophysics and Soft Matter Group at the University of Bristol.  “Nanotechnology and nanoscience have huge potential to transform many aspects of our lives” said Prof. Miles, whose team have an outstanding reputation for developing new types of microscopes, interacting with this nanoworld through touch.  These new ways we can view the world are opening up frontiers of exploration in biology and medicine. “The atomic force microscope builds up images by feeling structures as small as atoms with an exceedingly sharp probe and the holographic assembler allows us to manipulate and feel micro and nano structures through optically trapped probes acting as finger tips”.

In each of the Humphry Davy Science Lectures, Concerts Penzance present cutting edge science with musical interludes, and each half of this lecture is framed by music penned by Bach, Holborne, Dvorak and Kreisler, performed by members of South West Music School.   This ‘virtual’ school is a government funded Centre for Advanced Training, supporting some of the most talented young musicians across the whole South West region.  The performers at this lecture are all string players and members of Penzance Youth String Orchestra.

Tickets costing £3 (under 19s free) are available on the door or in advance from West Penwith Music, Union Street Penzance 01736 364440 or Mounts Bay Wine, Bread Street Penzance 01736 364118.  A wine bar run by Mounts Bay Wine opens at 6.45pm.