Dr. John H. Lienhard will present Aeroplanes In & Out of World War I: Looking for the TRUE Mother of Invention, the 2008 talk in The Joseph Priestley Lecture Series: Science at the Solstice. Dr. Lienhard, Anderson Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and History at the University of Houston, is probably best known as the host and creator of the popular syndicated public radio series, The Engines of Our Ingenuity. Dr. Lienhard will focus his presentation on the early days of flight when creative imaginations and invention turned the “aeroplane” from a novelty into the airplane that helped win World War I. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
First Church member Dr. Loyd Swenson, a retired University of Houston professor, says the Joseph Priestley Lecture Series follows the venerable English tradition of the ongoing Christmas Lectures given at the Royal Institution of London that began in 1825 led by Michael Faraday. Swenson says the Series complements the celebration of the holiday season by “giving a gift of true reverence: a chance to glimpse the insight into the vanguard of human creativity and to celebrate ingenuity and discovery.”
The lecture is free, open to the public and appropriate for the whole family.
12:30 p.m., Sunday, December 14, 2008
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin, Houston, TX