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Lancaster University is carrying out research into social learning, and have developed the comment visualisation exercise. If you would like to contribute to the development of this exercise, please complete …

Humphry Davy and the Natural World

Humphry Davy was strongly attracted to the natural world. We can see this through the natural imagery in his poetry and through biographical details that link him with Wordsworth and …

Davy’s Achievements in Science and his Legacy

In this video, Professor Mark Miodownik is interviewed by Dr Rachel Platel on Davy’s scientific achievements and legacy to scientists today. She asks him to think about what Davy’s scientific …

The Two Cultures

In this article, Professor Frank James explores C. P. Snow’s idea that there are two cultures, of the arts and the sciences. Read ‘Introduction: Some Significances of the Two Cultures …

Sir Humphry Davy: Criticism in the Press

How was Sir Humphry Davy criticised and how did he respond to criticism? Davy was asked in January 1823 by the Admiralty to find a way to prevent the corrosion …

Davy Among the Poets II

Watch this video, in which Professor Richard Holmes considers some of Davy’s later poetry including a poem that you heard earlier ‘When the light of life is flying’. You can …

Davy and Faraday

Watch this video, in which Professor Frank James discusses the difficult and complex relationship that existed between Humphry Davy and Michael Faraday. (You might remember that in Week 1, Dr …

Davy’s Later Life

Watch this video, in which Professor Tim Fulford tells us about Davy’s life after he became President of the Royal Society in 1820. Think about the following questions: How would …

Educator’s Summary

Each week, our educators and mentors will compile and answer a short list of questions that have come from learners during discussions. These will be attached to the page on …

Transcribe a Davy Letter

Here is a private manuscript letter written by Davy to his wife, Jane Davy, tentatively dated 26th March 1816. This letter is held in the archives of the Royal Institution …

Using the Davy Letters Database

Over the years 1815-17, a public controversy ensued over who should be given the credit for the invention of the safety lamp. The controversy involved Davy, George Stephenson, and William …

The Davy Lamp Controversy

Even before Humphry Davy had produced his wire gauze safety lamp at the end of 1815, he had been accused of having stolen ideas for his earlier lamp from Dr …

The Development of Davy’s Lamp

Watch the video, in which Professor Frank James gives us a tour of the Davy-related items in the Royal Institution. The main focus of the video is the development of …