The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to a joint event with the University’s Art & Heritage Collections, based around the documentary film Driven to Diffraction which tells the story of the physicists, William Henry and William Lawrence Bragg. The event will be on Thursday 19 August 2010 at 6.00 for 6.30pm to 8.00pm.
Venue: Bragg Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
[Not sure where to find Bragg Lecture Theatre? Here's a North Terrace Campus map - click on Find a Building and type 'Bragg' in the Building Search box]
The documentary film Driven to Diffraction tells the remarkable story of William Henry Bragg and his son William Lawrence Bragg. Part human interest story, part science lesson, part historical journey of discovery, the film weaves a spell of enchantment around the tale of two shy men who join the ranks of the most important scientists of the twentieth century.
From origins in Adelaide, their international contributions have been legion and across many areas: early work on wireless telegraphy, radioactivity, and acoustic range finding of artillery on the battlefields of the Great War, to their celebrated development of X-Ray crystallography, for which they won the Nobel Prize in 1915, the only father-son team ever to have done so.
Their work made possible an astonishing list of breakthroughs including Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, radio therapy for cancer, solid state electronics, modern pharmaceuticals, superconductivity and radio astronomy.
Bookings by Tuesday 17 August to:
Telephone: 8303 4064
Admission is free and open to the public.
Deputy University Librarian
Barr Smith Library