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Connecticut Science Center, Adult Coffee Club

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST

History of Western Science – PART III:  This, the Best of All Possible Worlds

Part III of this four-part series looks at the Enlightenment developed in the 1600s that electrified Europe with its new theories, such as gravity and Boyle’s Law. These theories were later put into practice by men like James Watt, Jethro Tull, and Thomas Jefferson, with results that have left a lasting mark on Western Civilization. Yet by the late 18th Century, the theories that had seemed so thrilling were being replaced by the idea of Romantic Science, which posited the practical application of theories into practical inventions that would literally bring on the ultimate destiny of mankind, the Christian Millennium or Marx’s Communism. The Age of Progress was one of the names given to this period, yet it had its ominous rumblings as well- writers like Mary Shelley, Jack London, and Jules Verne began to explore the fearsome as well as the miraculous, and theorists like Darwin and Spencer foretold bleak futures for mankind and society. This presentation will explore the intersection of science, technology, culture, and society in the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries.

  • Part III of IV
  • Coffee Provided
  • FREE to attend for Seniors 55+
  • Advance registration is required
  • Attendees are responsible for a flat-rate parking fee of $5 to park in the Science Center garage.
  • Bring a bag lunch to enjoy afterward (optional)

Advance registration is required by calling 860-520-2104 or emailing [email protected] Senior groups welcome. Space is limited.



November 10
10:00 am - 11:30 am EST


Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103
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(860) 724-3623
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