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1 November 2017

Energy, Work and Complexity: Seven Historical Revolutions

1 November 2017
On Thursday 9 November the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and the Learned Society of Wales will host the annual Edward Lhuyd Lecture, an event which celebrates Welsh-language learning.

Professor Emeritus R. Gareth Wyn Jones will deliver the lecture in Pontio, Bangor, at 5:30pm.

2017’s lecture will offer an interpretation of the history of life on our planet over its 4.5 billion year history. Emeritus Professor R. Gareth Wyn Jones will argue that six formative energy revolutions can be identified in the history of our planet. Harnessing a new source of energy brings the potential for more work, which leads to increasing material and social complexity.

What patterns emerge from the six revolutions? How do they impact upon the seventh revolution, which is upon us today?

Before his retirement, R. Gareth Wyn Jones was professor at Bangor University School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography. He was also Head of Research and Policy and Chief Scientist at the Countryside Council for Wales.

Dr Dylan Phillips, Senior Academic Manager for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, said: “It’s a pleasure to collaborate with the Learned Society of Wales to orgainse this annual lecture. Offering a stage to academics such as the Emeritus Professor R. Gareth Wyn Jones is an important part of the Coleg’s work to strengthen the Welsh-medium academic community.”

Energy, Work and Complexity: Seven Historical Revolutions