The story of the Davy Lamp and Tsar's Cup

With Frank James

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The Tsar's Cup

Frank James showcases' Humphry Davy's experimental development of his miners' safety lamp, that saved thousands of lives.

One of the last acts of Tsar Alexander I before his death in 1825 was to give Humphry Davy a silver-gilt cup — the Davy cup. It was a token of gratitude for Davy’s invention of the miners’ safety lamp ten years before. With appropriately explosive demonstrations, Frank James showcases Davy’s experimental development of his lamp while reflecting on the relationship between science and the state symbolised by the Davy cup, a treasure from the Ri's Faraday Museum.

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Themes

Engineering, Talking Science

Details

Type:
Talk
Location:
London, UK
Filmed in:
The Theatre
Published:
2016
Filmed:
2015

cc_by-nc-sa License: Creative Commons

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