Professor Alice Roberts: The genius of Vesalius

Elgar Concert Hall - Bramall Music Building
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Thursday 13th October 2016 (13:00-14:00)
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Join anatomist, author, broadcaster and the University of Birmingham’s Professor of Public Engagement in Science, Alice Roberts, to celebrate the opening of the new University Library’s Inspiring Knowledge exhibition.

Alice will give an exclusive talk on Andreas Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica, a collection of books published in 1543 that represented a major advance in the study and history of anatomy.  The original 1543 edition from the Cadbury Research Library will form part of Inspiring Knowledge, an exhibition to celebrate the University’s new state of the art Library that opened in late summer 2016.

Professor Alice Roberts is an anatomist, anthropologist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She is also a broadcaster and has presented several landmark BBC series including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, Ice Age Giants and The Celts. She has written seven popular science and archaeology books. Her book about embryology and evolution, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize in 2015.

Research at the University of Birmingham has pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge. To celebrate this and mark the opening of the new Library, Inspiring Knowledge showcases three seminal works: the Nuremburg Chronicle (1493), Vesalius’s Fabric of Human Anatomy (1543) and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (1561) complemented by illustrations from iconic works by Dürer, Hooke, Milton, Diderot, Descartes and more. The exhibition runs in the Library Lounge until 30 June 2017.