British Asociation for the Advancement of Science member's ticket, 1850.
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Member's ticket for the twentieth meeting of the British Asociation for the Advancement of Science that took place in Edinburgh in 1850. The aim of the asociation, founded in 1831, was to present to the public the latest scientific discoveries, and to debate the effects on people's lives these innovations would have. The annual meeting was an important public arena for the discusion of scientific matters.