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Borders Science Festival: Scientists and innovators in Borders history: the product of their environment?

  • Peebles Library 25 High Street Peebles, Scotland, EH45 8AG United Kingdom (map)

'The contribution to knowledge made by men like Robert Chambers and James Hutton and their links with the Scottish Borders is widely known.  However, research for the recently published Tweed Dales: Journeys and Evocations - exploring History, Folklore and Stories for the Heart of the Scottish Borders by Donald Smith and Elspeth Turner turned up a surprising number of largely forgotten scientists and innovators who were native to or lived in the Scottish Borders.

This talk by Elspeth Turner, co-author of Tweed Dales, introduces the better and lesser known Border folk who made scientific breakthroughs or applied scientific knowledge to change the way things were done and thus, for better or worse, the lives of those who came after them. Journeying around the Tweed Dales to meet them, the talk also considers whether the physical, economic and social environment they lived in influenced their thinking - as we know it did storytellers, writers, poets and artists.

Admission is free and all are welcome. 

Tweed Dales: Journeys and Evocations Exploring History, Folklore and Stories from the Heart of the Scottish Borders by Donald Smith and Elspeth Turner
https://www.luath.co.uk/travel/the-tweed-dales-journeys-and-evocations?rq=tweed%20dales