Knole started a new monthly seminar series last November using the Gresham College lectures - held on the second Wednesday of the month, 2-4pm at Holmesdale Bowls Club. The session starts with a viewing of a chosen talk, followed by a discussion and tea.
The available lectures cover a wider range of topics including geology, astronomy, medical advances, psychology, music, environmental issues, to name but a few. This is an open group so just turn up.
The talk the day before polling day in December was particularly appropriate – “Maths and Polling given by Gresham Professor of Geometry, Chris Budd OBE.
The talk explained the flaws that all voting systems have and how mathematics are used to look at these flaws and answer associated questions (e.g. voting trends and gerrymandering). For a bit of light relief we also saw how the same principles work in the Eurovision Song Contest!
The talk planned for Wednesday 12th February is “Gardens of Empire” The role of Kew and Colonial Botanic Gardens given by Jim Endersby, Visiting Professor of the History of Science.