Richard Holmes: Falling Upwards,
A Chemistry and Culture Lecture

Falling Upwards
Date: October 30, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. program

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
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 “Endlessly exhilarating . . . Falling Upwards is packed full of swashbuckling stories, as well as fascinating historical accounts of the use of balloons. . . . It is also a singularly beautiful book, wonderfully designed and illustrated and quite clearly a product of love.”—The Mail on Sunday

Join us for an evening with celebrated author Richard Holmes, whose new book, Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, will be released on October 29, 2013.

Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air, and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways are its subjects. Holmes offers another of his subtle portraits of human endeavor, recklessness, and vision, from the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries to the use of balloons as tools to observe the horrors of the American Civil War.


6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Program

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CHF’s Chemistry and Culture Lectures explore chemistry as a cultural endeavor and encourage public discussion of science.

CHF acknowledges the support of Bryn Mawr Trust.

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