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James Clerk Maxwell Light Baton

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt. Rev. John Chalmers, receives the Light Baton from our Chairman, Prof. Tom Stevenson, who helped to design it.

2015 was declared 'The UN International Year of Light', to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory of light, on which much of modern physics is built. Maxwell was one of the world’s greatest scientists. His discoveries in the 19th Century helped to usher in the era of modern physics, laying the foundation for such fields as special relativity and quantum mechanics. 
His research led to the discovery of radio waves. He showed that Saturn's rings are made of rocks and also took the first ever colour photograph - all in a life of only 48 years. He is regarded, along with Newton and Einstein, as one of the greatest physicists of all time, yet he  was also a humorous and warm-hearted man who loved writing poetry. 
A 'Light Baton', resembling the Olympic torch, was specially commissioned as a tribute to Maxwell. to be carried and displayed at every Science Festival in Scotland during 2015, thanks to sponsorship from the Church of Scotland. 
Created by Mike Stoane Lighting of Loanhead, it is technically very sophisticated, using the latest LED technology and in its base is a tablet which scrolls Maxwell's equations.






Forthcoming Lectures at the Museum:-

The Goudie Lecture Programme starts on Saturday 27 February 2016 when Angus Annan will deliver a lecture entitled 'The Loss of the Flying Enterprise'. The lecture starts at 11:30 and will be followed by a buffet lunch.

To book, please e-mail or call Dorothy Brankin on 01506 823424 

Goudie Lectures are very popular and pre-booking is essential and as always, will be treated on a 'First come, first served' basis.

Some scenes from the 2015 Goudie Lectures:

 2015 went out with a bang thanks to Andy & Flora Munro and Dave Elliott, who, along with Tom, gave us a very entertaining portrayal of the life of James Clerk Maxwell!                                                                ********

Ken Horne congratulates David Brown after a most enlightening talk on the 'Y' Service during WW2

The AGM was a hit with all comersIan Archibald chats with Diana and Norman Richardson after his Burntisland's Heritage Lecture. (Diana is the daughter of John Logie Baird)

Ian Archibald, Convener of Burntisland Heritage Trust gave a lecture entitled Burntisland's Heritage, at the Museum on Tuesday 14 April 2015.

Burntisland was once poetically described as having its head to the hills and its feet to the sea. This is a fair description with the Firth of Forth lapping its shores and the Binn rising majestically above it to the north. It has always been a vital township situated directly across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh. The Royal Burgh of Burntisland right up to the present day has a rich and varied history that is out of all proportion to its size. Ian's presentation looked closely at the story of the development of the town, the people and the many aspects of its diverse heritage.

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