London: [n.p.], 1878-1914. List provided upon request. Item #4359
The Royal Institution of Great Britain was founded in 1799 and has had a long and fruitful role both in scientific research and scientific communications. Some of the scientists from the Royal Institution include Humphrey Davy and Michael Faraday in the first half of the nineteenth century, through to the earliest of the fifteen Nobel laureates at the Institution: J.W. Strutt, J.J. Thomson, Rutherford, W.H. and W.L. Bragg, and H.H. Dale in the first half of this century. In 1826, Faraday instituted the Friday Evening Discourses designed to aid in the dissemination of science to a wider scientific audience. These continue to this day, and along with afternoon lecture courses have provided a platform for the major scientific figures of the day to discuss their work. Discourses varied from describing work in progress through to the announcement of new discoveries, often before their publication elsewhere.
Since 1851, Friday Evening Discourses have been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Institution. Given their importance, many were subsequently published in book form, but offprints of the original Discourses take precedence and, being produced in limited numbers for the use of members, have become quite scarce.