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The power of talking as thinking

13 April 2024

4:00 PM

13 April 2024

4:00 PM

The world’s greatest scientific building recently celebrated its 225th birthday. In 1799, a group of natural philosophers (the word ‘scientist’ hadn’t been invented) founded the Royal Institution (RI) in Mayfair. The fact that the RI went on to achieve a greater rockfall of discoveries, including nine elements and the principles of electromagnetism, than has been witnessed anywhere else is extraordinary – all the more so when one considers that the organisation wasn’t originally created to do research.

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