Another reason to celebrate...
2007 is the Centenary Year of Lord Kelvin becoming One with Entropy.
The University of Glasgow, where Lord Kelvin both taught and learned for over 70 years (he was accepted at the age of ten, holding the record for the youngest college student ever until recently, and never left -- quickly working his way up to Professor and eventually Chancellor, all the while professing that he remained a student), is planning to celebrate Lord Kelvin's life and contributions to Mankind (details on page 6 of the UG News Review [1.25 Mio PDF]). Observances there include (and included -- sorry, a bit late with this post):
- The St. Mungo Lecture, which is a "celebration of the history, culture, humanity and passion which distinguishes Glasgow and its citizens", launched the Kelvin Centenary Year on January 9th.
- In April, a series of talks by distinguished scientists taking a modern look at Kelvin's work.
- Kelvin Honorary Degrees awarded on the University's Commemoration Day in June.
- A one-day meeting to celebrate his achievements some time in autumn.
- And in closing in December, a one-man performance by science promoter Johnny Ball in honor of Lord Kelvin.
If you can't make it to Glasgow, read Lord Kelvin's statements on the 50th anniversary of his professorship for some insight into what he might say were he there to join in the celebrations.