other news January 2017

Dr J. Ian S. Robertson, who spoke to the Society in 2010 on this topic, has recently had published a much expanded edition of his book – Doctors in Opera: An Irreverent Look at Operatic Medicine. price £14.99, published by Scottish Opera.




Book of the week on Radio 4 is by our speaker on the 22 March, Rev Prof Diarmaid Maccullach KT


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other news October 2016

Professor Monica Grady is speaking to the society in February – see her here in relation to the end of the Rosetta mission.


A copy of the talk given by Stuart A. Harris-Logan, Archives Officer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on September 14th 2016 is available here  rpsog-talk

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other news September 2016

The 215th Lecture Series programme is out now and can be downloaded here 215 Lecture Series

Sunday 11th September

The Science of Laughter – Jimmy Carr And The Science Of Laughter: A Horizon Special. Science contributors in the studio will include Professor Sophie Scott from University College London, who is breaking new ground in how the brain processes natural and social laughter; Professor Robin Dunbar from Oxford University, an evolutionary biologist and experimental psychologist who has a theory on why laughter was pivotal in our species development; and Professor Pete McGraw from University of Colorado, a psychologist who claims his controversial theory explains all comedy.



Following on from the transit of Mercury members may be interested in:

1) First ever full length space documentary (1920s) Wunder der Schopfung to be shown at Glasgow Science Centre  Mon Sept 19

Silent movie with brand new 2016 superb musical accompaniment composed and performed live by Jazz Duo “Herschel 36

2) GU Gifford Lecture series on Cosmology October  http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/lectures/gifford/2016-10/

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other news June 2016

Prof. Sheila Rowan, who is speaking to the Society on 8th March 2017 talks to Jim Al-Khalili on ‘the Life Scientific’ June 14th 2016.


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other news February 2016

The AGM of the Royal Philosophical Society will be held at 18.45 on Wednesday 30 March in the Main Lecture Theatre (3.25), John Anderson Building, University of Strathclyde.

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other news January 2016

At the lecture on the 20 January Gordon Dewar spoke about the charity which he was fundraising for and he has subsequently sent a message to the Society in which he says:

‘Dear Members of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow, thank you so much for your warm welcome and enthusiasm and interest for my talk on a cold Wednesday evening in January.  I left feeling very uplifted by your interest and appreciation of the topics and stimulated by the direction that your questions took the conversation.’

Gordon goes on to give details of his fundraising activities and how they can be supported. The full text of the message can be found here Message from Gordon Dewar to members of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow –following his talk on the 20th January 2016


The closing date for members who wish to be considered for the Members’ Night talks is January 18th 2016. Suggestion form are available here and should be returned to the Society at info@royalphil.org. or by post to: RPSG, D12, 160 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 7EL

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other news December 2015

Professor Angie Hobbs recommended reading list is available here

Members may also be interested in the Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy with Children at the University of Strathclyde?  This is the only course of its kind in the UK.    The link for the course is: http://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/philosophywithchildren/ It trains people to facilitate philosophy with children and adults.

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other news November 2015

For those who would like to look over the books referred to in Ken Calman’s lecture please follow the link:  calman book list

The Society gets press coverage in the Herald – see –

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other news October 2015

Members may be interested in the Lecture Programme of the IESIS which can be downloaded here:ProgrammeFlyer 2015-2016v14

IESIS  and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers have a lecture on ‘The Legacy of James Watt’ on 3rd November. Download flyer here  IESIS-lecture-3rd Nov-2015 final

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Other News March 2015

A world in which planes are silent may sound like a pipe dream; but University of Cambridge engineer, Dame Ann Dowling, and her team proved it is possible to build an aircraft that barely makes any noise.more on the silent aircraft. Find out more at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01m5gth

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