From the NCSE: I thought that you might like to know that Richard Milner will present an illustrated talk about his new book Charles R. Knight: The Artist Who Saw Through Time -- the life and art of the "father of paleoart" who brought dinosaurs, mammoths, and cavemen back to life at the American Museum of Natural History. The artist's granddaughter, Rhoda Knight Kalt, will be on hand to share her personal reminiscences.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the emergence of geology as a scientific discipline. A little over two hundred years ago a small group of friends founded the Geological Society of London. This organisation was the first devoted to furthering the discipline of geology - the study of the Earth, its history and composition.
Although geology only emerged as a separate area of study in the late eighteenth century, many earlier thinkers had studied rocks, fossils and the materials from which the Earth is made. Ancient scholars in Egypt and Greece speculated about the Earth and its composition. And in the Renaissance the advent of mining brought further insight into the nature of objects found underground and how they got there. But how did such haphazard study of rocks and fossils develop into a rigorous scientific discipline?