What is Tools of Science?

Tools of Science is a series of meetings hosted by The Physics Museum, at The University of Queensland.

Students, scientists, engineers, historians of science and technology, teachers, collectors, and all those fascinated by old scientific instruments are encouraged to attend.

Meetings are held in the Parnell Building, in lecture room 222 on the St. Lucia campus of The University of Queensland, from 6 pm -7.00 pm. The lecture, illustrated where possible with items from the Physics Museum collection, will be followed by a discussion period where participants will be encouraged to show items they have brought along.

How do I find out when the lectures are on?

You can subscribe to receive email reminders about Tools of Science at http://lists.sps.uq.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/tools-of-science or by sending an empty email message to tools-of-science-join@physicsuq.edu.au.

You can unsubscribe from the service at http://lists.sps.uq.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/tools-of-science or by sending an empty email to tools-of-science-leave@physics.uq.edu.au.

For further details contact Prof Norman Heckenberg (pictured above) on 07 3365 3369 or heckenberg@physics.uq.edu.au.

Where exactly on campus are the lectures? Where can I park?

Lectures are held in the Parnell Building (7-222) and occasionally in Physology Lecture Theatres (63-358). Follow Sir Fred Schonnell Drive into the campus, when you will see the two parking buildings on your right. Take the third exit from the roundabout with the solar collector and park in either building.  $5 (Pay and Display) covers an unlimited time. Alternatively, head up the hill to the outdoor area and pay by the hour (cheaper if you are quick).

Tools of Science lectures are sponsored by:

The School of Mathematics and Physics, and

The Queensland Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics

2012 TOS Seminars

Title Presented by When Venue
Thomas Murday and his inventions Anthony Roberts and Norman Heckenberg 16 Oct 2012 Room 222, Parnell Building (#7)
Tents to Technology: Henry Sutton, Australian Inventor Ms Lorayne Branch 11 Sep 2012 Room 222, Parnell (Building 7)
Tools of Science series: The Armstrong Regenerative Circuit - Its invention and application Stuart Irwin 7 Aug 2012 Room 222, Parnell Building (7)
Gustav Dalen: Inventor of the automatic lighthouse and winner of the 1912 Nobel Prize in Physics Col Gladstone 19 Jun 2012 Room 222, Parnell (Building 7), UQ (St Lucia campus)
The Digital Revolution Dr Colin Kennard 15 May 2012 Room 222, Parnell Building (7)
Sir Thomas Brisbane: The Star-Gazing Governor Dr Marion Diamond 17 Apr 2012 Room 222, Parnell Building (7)
Ancient Greek Technology and Astrology Dr Amelia Brown (UQ) 13 Mar 2012 Room 222, Parnell Building (7)
 

2011 TOS Seminars

Title Presented by When Venue
Wilhelm Wien - The 1911 Nobel Prize for Physics and the thermodynamics of radiation Dr Timo Nieminen 15 Nov 2011 Building 63, Room 358
Optical Interferometers and the Foundations of Relativity Prof. Simon Manley 18 Oct 2011 Physiology Lecture Theatre (Building 63) Room 358
Australian Inventions Dr Colin Kennard 6 Sep 2011 Physiology Lecture Theatres, Room 358
What the Passenger Shouldn’t See Alan Emmerson 26 Jul 2011 Physiology Lecture Theatre (Building 63) Room 358
The Development of the Telephone to the mid-20th Century Denys Parker 7 Jun 2011 Room 222, Parnell Building (Building 7)
The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable of 1866: the physics, maths and engineering that made it work Neil Boucher 17 May 2011 Goddard 8-139
Parnell, Sumpner and Paul Prof. Norman Heckenberg 19 Apr 2011 Goddard 8-139
 

2010 TOS Seminars

Title Presented by When Venue
Gas lasers Prof Norman Heckenberg 26 Oct 2010 Room 222, Parnell Building (Building 7), UQ, St Lucia campus
An Illustrated History of Computing in Australia Max Burnet 21 Sep 2010 Parnell Room 222, UQ
The 1910 Nobel Prize in Physics a century later: the scientific legacy of van der Waals Prof Ross McKenzie 17 Aug 2010 Parnell Building, Room 222, UQ
The Global Positioning System Simon Manley, recently Professor of Physiology at UQ. 8 Jun 2010 Parnell Building, room 222, UQ
Tools of Science: To be or not to be Professor John Mainstone 11 May 2010 Parnell Building, room 222, UQ
Science and Islam Dr Colin Kennard 20 Apr 2010 Parnell Building, room 222, UQ
 

2009 TOS Seminars

Title Presented by When Venue
Instrument Trivia Night Professor Andrew White 21 Apr 2009 Room 407 in the Physics Annexe
Napoleon's Influence on Science Dr. Colin Kennard 10 Mar 2009 Parnell Building, room 222, UQ