Serendipity is a curious thing.
Great-many-times-Uncle Michael Faraday wrote a lot of letters. (Just think how many more emails that would have been, had he had access to computers and the internet. Emails are so quick to write and send.)
Anyway, Professor Frank James has been working on editing Faraday’s letters for twenty years or more, and the sixth and final volume of The Correspondence of Michael Faraday is finally being published by the IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology).
That’s 800 pages of letters, and I daren’t even think how many letters the whole six volumes comprise. It’s hardly the sort of thing one would sit down and read straight through, but it would be fascinating to be able to dip into.
Later this week on 14th June, “Prof James and philosopher Mark Vernon will give a talk, ‘Victorian and contemporary scientists’ which will explore Faraday, the great scientist and the devoted Christian, and if these two notions – science and religion – are necessarily at loggerheads.”
The serendipity I mentioned was that someone would just happen to send the press release about this talk to Daughter. Most teenagers would ignore that sort of thing, but thankfully the name Faraday means something to her, even though she doesn’t get on quite as well with her Great Uncle’s particular kind of Physics as he did.
But I trust we’ll get there.