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Talks and seminars by William Tobin

Forthcoming

2014 April 30 (Wednesday) 14:00
   Les britanniques en Nouvelle-Zélande: les passages de Vénus 1874 et 1882
   Séminaire de l'histoire de l'astronomie
   Observatoire de Paris, France.
   Résumé (pdf, 60 kbyte).

2014 April 15 (Tuesday) 20:30
   Les passages de Vénus : le Soleil, la mer et l'amour
   (Conférénce grand public)
   Auditorium Marion Dufresne, Océanopolis, Brest.

2014 April 16 (Wednesday) 14:00
   Léon Foucault et la vitesse de la lumière
   Amphithéâtre Vauban,
   Pôle Kerichen-Vauban, Brest.

2014 April 16 (Wednesday) 18:00
   Léon Foucault : sa pensée scientifique et sa personnalité
   Café scientifique, Librairie Dialogues, Brest.

Past

2013 November 9 (Saturday) 15:00
   Transits of Venus: Sun, Sea and Sex
   Jednota tlumočníků a překladatelů
   Prague, Czech Republic.

2013 March 14 (Thursday) 20:00
   Le pendule de Foucault
   (Conférénce grand public)
   Centre culturel Grain de sel, Séné, France.

2012 December 13 (Thursday) 14:30
   Les passages de Vénus devant le Soleil
   Université Tous Ages, Vannes, France.

2012 September 14 (Friday) 21:00
   La folie du pendule de Foucault
   (Conférénce grand public)
   Basilique Sainte Trinité, Cherbourg, France.

2012 September 14 (Friday) 14:00
   La physique du pendule de Foucault
   (Conférénce pour lycéens et étudiants)
   Basilique Sainte Trinité, Cherbourg, France.

2012 June 22 18:00 (Friday)
   Images of the 1874 Transit of Venus expedition to the Auckland Islands
   Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
   (Presence in Australia thanks to The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa)

2012 June 20 11:30 (Wednesday)
   The first accurate laboratory measurement of the speed of light
   Department of Physics, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
   (Presence in New Zealand thanks to The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa)

2012 June 17 9:40 (Sunday)
   The Transit of Venus as a Muse
   Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Annual Conference, Carterton Event Centre, Carterton.
   (Presence in New Zealand thanks to The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa)

2012 June 16 11:00 (Saturday)
   Snaps of the German Transit of Venus expedition to Auckland Island in 1874
   Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Annual Conference, Carterton Event Centre, Carterton.
   (Presence in New Zealand thanks to The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa)

2012 June 11 16:20 (Monday)
   The Transit of Venus as a Muse
   Third International Starlight Conference, Godley Hotel, Lake Tekapo.
   (Presence in New Zealand thanks to The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa)

2012 June 8 11:30 (Friday)
   The 243rd anniversary of Captain Cook's observation of the transit of Venus
   Industrial Research Limited, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
   (Presence in New Zealand thanks to The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa)

2012 June 7 19:00 (Thursday)
   The transit of Venus
   Soundings Theatre, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand.

2012 June 6 12:00 (Wednesday)
   Day in a lifetime
   Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington, New Zealand.
   (Presence in New Zealand thanks to The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa)

2012 June 2 9:00 (Saturday)
   The Transit of Venus
   36-minute interview with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand's Saturday morning programme.
   (Presence in New Zealand thanks to The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa)

   Downloadable podcast.

2012 May 31 21:34 (Saturday)
   Transit of Venus
   12-minute interview with Vernika Meduna on Radio New Zealand's Our Changing World programme.
   (Presence in New Zealand thanks to The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa)

   Downloadable podcast.

2012 May 18 11:00 (Friday)
   The 243rd anniversary of Captain Cook's observation of the transit of Venus
   Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
   (Presence in New Zealand thanks to The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa)

2012 May 4 20:30 (Friday)
   Léon Foucault, le télescope astronomique et Marseille
   Association Andromède, Plateau Longchamp, Marseille, France.

2011 January 13 17:30 (Thursday)
   Léon Foucault's pendulum and gyroscope
   Deutsches SOFIA Institut, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

2011 January 12 17:30 (Wednesday)
   Léon Foucault, an `amateur of science'
   Abteilung für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften und Technik, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

2010 November 12 13:45 (Friday)
   The Speed of Light and the Distance to the Sun
   Alleyn's School, Dulwich, UK

2009 March 20 18:00 (Friday)
   Quelques mots sur l'Année Mondiale de l'Astronomie 2009
   Musée de La Cohue, au vernissage de l'exposition Inven'Terre, Vannes, France.
   (Année mondiale de l'astronomie)

2009 March 3 10:45 (Tuesday)
   « Facebook Friends » avec les étoiles
   Amphithéâtre du diapason, Campus de Beaulieu, Université de Rennes-I, 263 Avenue du Général Leclerc, Rennes, France.
   (Année mondiale de l'astronomie)

2008 November 18 12:45 (Tuesday)
   Le pendule de Foucault
   Université d'Orsay, France.
   (Fête de la science)

2008 April 8 19:30 (Tuesday)
   Foucault's Pendulum: what makes it tick?
   Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
   (Talk sponsored by the University of Canterbury's Erskine Fund.)

2008 April 3 20:30 (Thursday)
   Cosmic whirlpools - from the Bronze Age to the Glass Age and the Internet
   Wellington Astronomical Society & Alliance française, Wellington, New Zealand.
   (Talk sponsored by the University of Canterbury's Erskine Fund.)

2008 March 28 11:00 Thursday
   The advantages of rejection
   Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Abstract (pdf).
   (Talk sponsored by the University of Canterbury's Erskine Fund.)

2008 March 26 19:30 Tuesday
   Léon Foucault: an 'amateur of science'
   Canterbury History and Philosophy of Science Society & Royal Society (Canterbury Branch), Christchurch, New Zealand.
   (Talk sponsored by the University of Canterbury's Erskine Fund.)

2006 August 4 11:15 Friday
   Foucault's Pendulum
   CICATA Unidad Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico.
   (SKYPE and PowerPoint tele-colloquium) First 6 slides (*.pdf).

2006 June 21 14:45 Wednesday
   Discours impromptu sur deux instruments de Foucault qui se trouvent dans la collection de l'Université de Rennes-I
   Bâtiment 6, Campus de Beaulieu, Université de Rennes-I, Avenue Général Leclerc, Rennes, France. Photo (jpeg).

2006 May 2 17:00 Tuesday
   Léon Foucault: an 'amateur of science'
   History of Science & Technology Seminar Room, Faculty of History, University of Oxford, UK.

2005 November 30 17:30 Wednesday
   Léon Foucault
   Amphithéâtre C, Campus de Beaulieu, Université de Rennes-I, Avenue Général Leclerc, Rennes, France.

2005 October 11 12:15 & 13:15 Tuesday
   Léon Foucault et la vitesse de la lumière
   Le gyroscope : de Foucault à Gravity Probe B
   Lycée Marcelin Berthelot, St-Maur des Fossés, France.

2005 June 30 14:40 Thursday
   The gyroscope: from Foucault to Gravity Probe B
   Christ's College, Christchurch, New Zealand.

2005 June 25 09:20 Saturday
   From Foucault's gyroscope to Gravity Probe B
   Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Annual Conference, Nelson, New Zealand. Summary (pdf file).

2005 June 20 19:00 Monday
   Probing the fabric of space: From Foucault's pendulum to the Gravity Probe B satellite
   UC Opportunity (formerly Continuing Education), University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

2005 May 20 11:00 Friday
   Don't ever write a book, but if you must, don't even dream of getting it published!
   P701, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

2005 April 22 11:00 Friday
   The gyroscope: From Foucault to Gravity Probe B
   P701, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

2005 April 9 14:04 Saturday (repeated April 11 20:06 Monday)
   12-minute interview with Veronika Meduna on Radio New Zealand's Eureka! programme.

2005 April 8 16:15 Friday
   Foucault's gyroscope of 1852
   Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University, USA.

2004 December 6 16:00 Friday
   Foucault's spinning mirror and the distance to the Sun
   Royal Astronomial Society Monthly Meeting, Burlington House, London, UK.
   A report of this talk appears in The Observatory v.125, 131-133 (2005 June).

2004 October 17 15:30 Saturday
   La folie du pendule et du gyroscope
   Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris, as part of the Fête de la Science 2004.

2004 June 21 14:00 Monday
   Léon Foucault: un « amateur de la science »
   Bâtiment 338, Université d'Orsay, France.

2004 June 8 Tuesday
   « Des appareils mécaniquement plus parfaits » — autres moyens pour déterminer la distance du Soleil
   Amphithéâtre Weil, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, as part of the public outreach surrounding the Transit of Venus.

2004 May 7 18:15 Friday
   Léon Foucault et la vitesse de la lumière
   Bâtiment des Sciences, Campus Limpertsberg, Université du Luxembourg.

2004 May 6 18:15 Thursday
   Le pendule et le gyroscope de Foucault
   Bâtiment des Sciences, Campus Limpertsberg, Université du Luxembourg.

2004 March 31 20:00 Wednesday
   Léon Foucault and the Speed of Light
   Meeting of the Royal Society of New Zealand Canterbury Branch, Lecture Theatre E1, University of Canterbury.

2004 January 6 19:30 Tuesday
   Léon Foucault et le Soleil
   Monthly public lecture at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France.

2003 November 20 14:30
   Léon Foucault: un « amateur de la science »
   Université Tous Ages, Vannes, France.

2003 September 29 16:00 Monday
   Léon Foucault's invention of the modern reflecting telescope
   Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK.

2003 September 16 12:30 Tuesday
   Léon Foucault: an 'amateur of science'
   Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

2003 May 15 14:00 Thursday
   Léon Foucault's invention of the modern reflecting telescope
   European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope, Paranal, Chile.

2003 April 30 16:30 Wednesday
   Léon Foucault's invention of the modern reflecting telescope
   European Southern Observatory Headquarters, Santiago de Chile.

2002 December 11 14:00 Wednesday
   Léon Foucault (1819-1868)
   Observatoire de Paris, France.

2002 October 5 11:00 Saturday
   The Foucault 80-cm Telescope
   Muséum d'Histoire naturelle, Palais Longchamp, Marseille, France (The Marseilles Observatory Tercentenary Conference).

2001 October 1 14:00 Monday
   150th anniversary of Foucault's Pendulum
   Department of Physics, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.

2001 July
   150th anniversary of Foucault's Pendulum
   Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

2001 June 8 11:00 Friday
   150th anniversary of Foucault's Pendulum
   P701, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

1999 May 7 13:00
   One of the most beautiful experiments in the history of mankind
   Room 311, Department of History, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

1996 March 1 11:00 Friday
   Toothed wheels and rotating mirrors
   Room 701, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

1986 June 26 11:00
   Le grand télescope de Foucault à l'Observatoire de Marseille
   Observatoire de Marseille, France.

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