Popular Science Lectures at Bishops' High School: These are open to all U3A members and are held twice a year in autumn and spring at Bishop's High School. The subjects are varied and suggestions for future topics would be welcomed. Each lecture is announced on the Events page. We aim to entertain and inform you, not to blind you with science! No need to book, just turn up on the day.
Wed Oct 30th 09:30 for 10:00, finishing at noon.
- Mike Shaw on "Why don't sundials tell the right time?", Mike is a member of the British Sundial Society and has been researching, broadcasting and writing about sundials for the past 35 years.
- Mike Money on "Fire, Food and Evolution of modern humans", Mike was an academic psychologist and is a regular contributor to Popular Science.
Contact Janet Money if you require further information.
Location: Bishops Blue Coat Church of England High School, Vaughans Lane, Great Boughton, Chester, CH3 5XFin the Lecture Theatre.
Report of Feb 2019 Meeting
The Spring meeting of Popular Science on Wednesday February 20th was graced by a record number of 91 delegates. Professor Gill Baynes of Lancaster U3A started us off with a fascinating talk on radiology, her career discipline. If you have ever peered at an X-ray wondering how anyone can work out what's going on, you would be amazed by the detail, often in colour, of the images that can be obtained using the latest technology. She covered imaging techniques, the use of radiology in forensics, veterinary medicine and well person screening, as well as a horrifying array of foreign bodies detected by imaging. And when it got too serious, we had some cartoons to enjoy.
The second session took us from inner space to outer space. It was presented by our own Hazel McDougall. This talk was inspired by an Open University course and covered the latest discoveries about the moons of the outer solar system. Many of these have surprising features such as volcanoes and ice covered oceans, and may harbour microbial life. The talk concluded with a montage of fly-by shots of the moons and rings of the system set to a Shostakovich waltz.