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Materials have Memories!

Understanding our Past through the Conservation and Interpretation of Material Memories

Prof. Trevor Brown, Department of Biology, Forensic and Sport

The flow of time is relentless; our lives pass by as remorselessly as a ticking clock. As we age our memories dim and important occasions in our lives can no longer be recalled and fade from view. In more recent times events have been recorded in written documents; how factually correct are these and how can we glimpse pre-historic cultures?

Objects, artefacts and buildings have memories; they are more truthful than written documents, but how can we ‘read’ them without corrupting the information that they contain? Materials will some times share their bibliographic secrets with us, but we have to be ethically disciplined in our approach so that future generations will be able repeat the process with more sophisticated technology.

1st September 2009
18:45 to 20:00
Room B122
University of Derby
Kedleston Road
Derby
DE22 1GB

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About Wyken Seagrave

Author of books and websites about the history of the universe including the history of the universe, Time Crystal and many other sites, as listed on his blog.

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