Tyndall lectures 2015

The Tyndall Lectures are held at various venues throughout Ireland at the end of January each year.

Tyndall 2015

Following in the tradition of the esteemed Irish physicist John Tyndall (1820-1893) who delivered hundreds of lectures at the Royal Institution in London, these IOP Ireland-sponsored lectures use demonstrations and interactivity to enthuse school students about the physics they are learning in class.

The 2015 Tyndall Schools' Lecture Series sees Sue McGrath take to the road with her “Technology Rocks”, an innovative, interactive show exploring light, sound, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism.

Join Scientific Sue on this amazing journey of scientific discovery and find out how the scientific inputs of Volta, Oersted and Faraday lay the foundations for the development of one of the most important musical inventions of the 20th century, the electric guitar.

The topics of sound, electricity, magnetism and then electromagnetism are explored in a fun and interactive fashion with the aim to explain how the magnetic pickups on an electric guitar sense vibrations and turn it into sound. Volunteers essential!

Can’t play the guitar? No worries! As the story continues to unfold we’ll find out how today’s new technologies allow even the most musically challenged to create amazing tunes which can then be shared on social media and maybe even sold.

The eight venues are Carlow, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Derry, Belfast, Dublin and Galway. Full details and contacts can be found in the Tyndall 2015 programme.