Science & Technology
New members are welcome and anyone interested should contact Colin Rowe on 01604 842 008 or 07944 825 045. – Susten@aol.com. A charge of £2.00 per attendee is required to cover the cost of room hire, etc
ANNUAL REPORT 2018
The Science & Technology group has between 6 and 12 regular members attending, with wide ranging interests and backgrounds, giving everybody a chance to contribute. We meet in the Old School room in Holcot on the first Thursday in each month at 13.30 for about 2 hours there is tea and coffee and biscuits included.
The main theme in the past year has been “every day engineering” – we looked at cell phones and their development, GPS leading on to methods through history devised to detect the enemy and of aircraft after the invention of radar. We also looked at simple household items such as axes, corkscrews, car jacks and the ancient principles of mechanics behind them. Many group members contributed throughout the year on subjects including the history of canals, reservoir construction and the rise of science and technology with the fear which existed of scientists, from religious bodies.
We have discussed the very topical subject of global warming. At the start of the year we had an enlightening talk on the Incas of Peru and how they managed without the wheel. One of the highlights of our meetings was looking at the structure of DNA and our genetic make-up, what it is and how it affects us when things go wrong.
Each month we open the meeting by discussing topical items relating to science and technology in the news. We have an interesting programme of topics planned for the early part of 2019, including the Machines of Leonardi da Vinci, the science of cooking and fermentation, also the history of gun powder.
On Thursday 4th June 2018 eleven members of the Science & Technology Group travelled in two cars to Soho House in Birmingham, the former home of Matthew Boulton the famous manufacturer of coins and silverware in his nearby factory which was the first to be lit by gas light. On arrival at the house we had a buffet lunch followed by a guided tour of the house. Soho house is where the Lunar Society met each month to discuss topical scientific matters and to carry out experiments and demonstrations. The gathering of friends and minds took place on the Sunday closest to the full moon each month between 2pm and 8pm and included dinner and the consumption of fine wine and Malvern water. Those who attended regularly were Josiah Wedgewood, James Watt, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley, Samuel Galton, William Withering and on occasions Benjamin Franklin.