A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
A History of the Invisible with Philip Ball
Sunday 29th October at 3:00 pm

The craze for Spiritualism in the mid to late 19th Century had parallels in developments in the physical sciences at that time. Both were concerned with invisible phenomena and their use for communication. The discovery of radio waves, cathode rays, X-rays and radioactivity caused several leading scientists to postulate that the ether might be a medium bridging the physical and the spirit worlds. Scientists used electromagnetism to investigate séances and speculated about how Christian belief in the afterlife might be consistent with the laws of thermodynamics.

Philip Ball will discuss this interplay between cutting-edge science and concepts of the “spirit world” in the late Victorian and Edwardian age, and its legacy today in ideas about psychic powers manifested in cinema, photography and the internet.

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Philip Ball
Philip Ball is a British science writer. For over twenty years he has been an editor of the journal Nature for which he continues to write regularly. He now writes a regular column in Chemistry World. He has contributed to publications ranging from New Scientist to the New York Times, The Guardian, the Financial Times and New Statesman. He is the regular contributor to Prospect magazine, and also a columnist for Chemistry World, Nature Materials and BBC Future. He has broadcast on many occasions on radio and TV, and in June 2004 he presented a three-part serial on nanotechnology, Small Worlds, on BBC Radio 4.

Travel advice to the Dissenters' Chapel - During the day guests can walk through the cemetery to get to the chapel but at night the main cemetery gates on the Harrow Road will be closed and the only accessible entrance is on Ladbroke Grove. Previously the address for this entrance was 364 Ladbroke Grove but this number has now been updated to 391.

The two closest underground stations are Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City or Circle Line) or Kensal Green (overground and Bakerloo Line). From Ladbroke Grove station there are several buses you can take to the Dissenters which include either the 28, 52 or 452. It's best to get off at the Sainbury's bus stop and then it's a short walk down Ladbroke Grove to the entrance to the Dissenters' Chapel.

The Venue - Bromptoon Cemetery