"The Idea of a Measurable Space" - Joseph Priestley's 1765 Chart of Biography
On 1 June, I will be talking at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London, on "The Idea of a Measurable Space": Joseph Priestley's 1765 Chart of Biography
My central question will be: why did Priestley’s Chart of Biography take the form it did? I'll trace the answers through the contemporary visual and intellectual culture, and through some of Priestley's personal characteristics. I'll also ask what is unique about Priestley's approach - correcting some common errors - and highlight what is truly special about his contribution.
1 June 2016, 17:15 - 19:15 Venue
Wolfson Room I (NB01)
London WC1E 7HU