May 21 2020

Professor Adrian Johnstone, Department of Computer Science, appears in BBC 2 documentary series 'Monkman and Seagull's Genius Adventures', due to be broadcast Monday 25 May. 

The show looks at Britain’s history through a time-travelling journey that begins in 1750, at the start of the Industrial Revolution, investigating the greatest breakthroughs in science and technology up until the end of Queen Victoria’s reign.  Professor Johnstone was filmed demonstrating our steam driven Difference Engine, which makes tables of mathematical functions and can be programmed to a limited extent. One of the show’s presenters, Bobby Seagull is an alumnus of Royal Holloway, and together with Eric Monkman the popular presenting duo bring some much-needed escapism, interesting history and entertainment to audiences during this time. You can watch the show on BBC 2.