Insects, Close Up and Personal
From Hayley Cotterill on January 11th, 2017
The talk was given in connection with the Manuscripts and Special Collections, Weston Gallery exhibition 'Francis Willughby: A Natural Historian and His Collections'.
Francis Willughby’s work on insects – which were his particular interest – depended on his observation of the appearance and behaviour of specimens that he collected. Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (1665) showed his contemporaries how the microscope could reveal the complexity of an insect, but the revelations of the electron microscope lay far in the future. Dr Tom Hartman from the School of Life Sciences demonstrates how this technology has transformed scientific understanding of the insect world.
Recorded in the Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts Cente on 17th November 2016.