Mon 21 Nov @ 5.30pm: Classifying the world: John Wilkins and the invention of the universal language

MAGDALEN LIBRARY SEMINARS

‘Classifying the world: John Wilkins and the invention of a universal language’

Dr. Tabitha Tuckett (Magdalen College, Oxford)

Monday 21 November, 7th week, 5.30pm

Summer Common Room, Magdalen College, Oxford

Historians are warmly invited to the third in the new series of Magdalen Library Seminars on the College’s library collections and their context. This term’s seminar will be given in 7th week by Dr. Tabitha Tuckett, who will discuss the extraordinary project of the scientist John Wilkins and his colleagues in the seventeenth century to construct a universal, artificial language. Tabitha Tuckett, Assistant Librarian at Magdalen, is an experienced lexicographer and works on Classical and Renaissance literature.

The seminars are open to all and offer the opportunity to see some of the early books in the Old Library and find out about their context. Refreshments will be provided but it would help us anticipate numbers if you could reply to margaret.wainwright@magd.ox.ac.uk if you would like to attend.