THE first of the two conversaziones given annually by the Royal Society was held at Burlington House on Wednesday of last week, May 13. The guests were received by Lord Rayleigh, president of the society, and included leading representatives of many branches of intellectual activity. There were a large number of exhibits, illustrating methods and results of recent scientific work, and in the course of the evening demonstrations were given in the meeting room by Mr. C. V. Boys, F.R.S., on the dynamics of the game of diabolo, Mr. Francis Fox, on the operations involved in the saving of Winchester Cathedral and other ancient buildings, and Mr. C. Gordon Hewitt, on the natural history of the house-fly. Following our usual practice, we give a summary, with a few additions, of the descriptive catalogue of exhibits, and so far as possible have grouped together the exhibits referring to related subjects.
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Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences (1975)