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Artful foams: in memoriam Cyril Stanley Smith

Presented by: 
Denis Weaire Trinity College Dublin
Tuesday 28th November 2017 - 10:10 to 10:50
INI Seminar Room 1
Cyril Stanley Smith was a distinguished metallurgist who eventually left that discipline to pursue a wider interest in science and technology, and their relation to art. He was critical of his contemporaries, as being too preoccupied with thepursuit of perfect idealised order. Although his ideas were tentative he was(like D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson) a prophet. As such he inspired others,including the present speaker, who will describe his adventures with foam (afavourite prototype of Smith), taking him into art and architecture as Smith would have liked - for scientists, he said, should be playful.
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