University of Limerick (UL) paid tribute to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein this past week to celebrate its 200th anniversary.
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One of the events that took place yesterday was a lecture and science demonstration by Peter Davern from the Department of Chemical Sciences in UL.
‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – Here’s the Science Bit’ showcased an array of scientific demonstrations to connect science to the birth of Frankenstein.
“These all feed into Mary Shelley’s narrative of how to compose Frankenstein,” added Davern.
Davern explained several different scientific methods from scientists that were active in Shelley’s era including Henning Brandt, Joseph Priestley and Humphry Davy.
It is believed that Mary Shelley gained inspiration for her novel Frankenstein by attending Daly’s presentations at The Royal Institution in London.
Audience members were treated to an explosive demonstration called ‘The Barking Dog’ using nitrous oxide and carbon disulfide vapourised.