Wednesday 8 November at 8pm
William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) is the most famous mathematician ever to have come out of Ireland. From 1827 on he was Royal Astronomer for Ireland, based in Dunsink Observatory in Castleknock near Dublin. This talk explores Hamilton’s education in Trim, Co. Meath from the age of three to when he took the Entrance Examination to Trinity College, Dublin at the age of eighteen. The talk will illustrate popular aspects of his work, such as the prediction of eclipses and star configurations, and also his contributions to Optics, begun during his school days in Trim.
Miguel de Arce retired from the Department of Genetics, TCD in 2015. He has since moved to Galway, where he is now taking an MA in History at NUI, Galway. He has published in academic journals on Human and Medical Genetics and on the History of Science in the Nineteenth Century. He has also published poetry in the USA, UK and Ireland.