Isaac Newton Christmas Lecture 2022

Fish tales: the history and physics of the goldfish

a duo public lecture (including an interval) by

Professor Anna Marie Roos

School of Humanities & Heritage, University of Lincoln


Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky

School of Mathematics & Physics, University of Lincoln

Wednesday 14 December 2022

6 pm – 7:50 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

Our last Christmas lecturer took place in 2019, before the COVID pandemic. We are very happy to be back. This special Christmas lecture consists of two short parts of 25-30 minutes each with 20-25 minutes interval, during which a bar will be open where visitors can buy mulled or usual wine and soft drinks (card payment only, no cash). The drinks can be pre-ordered before the lecture starts. After the second talk there will be some time for questions.

Living work of art, consumer commodity, scientific hero and environmental menace: the humble goldfish is the ultimate human cultural artefact. A creature of supposedly little memory and short lifespan, it has universal appeal.  Cheap and eminently available, today they are bred by the millions for the growing domestic pet market, while also proving to be important to laboratory studies of perception, vision and intelligence.
Part one of this talk will discuss the cultural and scientific history of the goldfish, and part two will reveal the fascinating physics we can learn from this glittering fish.

Anna Marie Roos is a Professor of the history of science and medicine at the University of Lincoln. She has a  B.A. in Molecular Biology, M.H. in Humanities and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Colorado (USA). She came to Lincoln in 2013 from the University of Oxford, where she was the Lister Research Fellow.  Anna Marie is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and was a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. She is also editor of Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science. Anna Marie  studies the early Royal Society, as well as natural history, chemistry, and medicine in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her scientific and historical work has been featured in Nature News, Welcome History, the Guardian and the New York Times.

Andrei Zvelindovsky is a Professor of Computational & Theoretical Physics at the University of Lincoln, where he moved in 2014 as the Founding Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics. His academic career started at his Alma Mater in Odessa, Ukraine, after obtaining PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1993. In 1997-2004 he worked at the University of Groningen and Leiden University in the Netherlands and in 2004-2014 – at the University of Central Lancashire in UK.  Andrei was an Invited Professor of Excellence at University of Barcelona and twice recipient of an Invitation Fellowship from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science. Andrei’s research interests are in computer simulation and theory of Soft and Active Matter.

Image (C) A. Zvelindovsky: Japanese ceramic gold fish for ponds.

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