Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm Back !

I have been gone the past week to present at a conference in London. The whole family went and we had a lovely time.

The conference was at the Geological Society of London, which was founded in 1807 and is the oldest geological society in the world. Geo-geek squee time!

If you read or heard about Simon Winchester's book The Map That Changed the World ... well, William Smith was a member of the GSL (after they were initially being total classist jerks) and they have one of his original maps on the wall there (the real one is covered by a curtain). They also have a couple of his chairs.

Bust of William Smith and his 1815 geological map of England, Wales and Scotland
One of William Smith's Chairs

 Now I have to sort out how to get back into the swing of things.


  1. Sounds fab! Did your presentation go well? Did everyone ask intelligent questions, and did they all applaud madly at the end?

    1. Actually, it did go quite well - so I am very happy about that. They don't applaud madly at the GSL - much too dignified for that sort of thing. They did applaud though and I exchanged business cards with several people, so that is always a good sign. :)


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