Nineteenth Century Philosophy

William Whewell

What is the British Association of Science?

The purpose of the British Association of Science is to promote sustainability and make science and technology accessible to the public. However, on the organization’s website they credit David Brewster, who invented the Kaleidoscope in 1815, as its principal founder, not William Whewell.

The Association now has about 3,000 members, is mainly concerned with the popularization of science, and sponsors a Young Scientist program that has about 12,000 members. Each year since 1932, the British Association of Science has held a Festival of Science, featuring hundreds of speakers. You can learn more about their current activities at


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