Gloucester & District

History of Science

Some 12 years ago I ran a popular History of Science course which ranged from Aristotle to Einstein over a period of about 4 years. It formed a useful bridge between Arts & Science, as I taught it mainly through the biographies of the scientists. A revised version of this course was started again in April 2017 with lectures at monthly intervals. (No previous science knowledge is required.)

The meetings are held on Friday mornings (10.30 am to 12 noon) at Matson Baptist Church Hall, Matson Avenue, Gloucester. (GL4 6LA)

As well as studying the evolution of scientific ideas, theories and discoveries we also consider the interactions with philosophy and religion. Some experiments are performed. Extensive notes are issued of each session and sometimes there is optional homework and even the occasional test. We may also arrange some visits to places of scientific interest.

The 20 or so people who attend the course find it stimulating and fun and they are able to answer a few more questions on University Challenge!

I felt there was a need for more U3A science and maths courses in an age where we all rely so heavily on technology, but many of us haven’t a clue how even the simplest machine works, let alone the science behind it.

About 20 people attend these meetings, and having started with the Ancient Greeks, we are currently (March 2020) in the middle of the History of Chemistry and towards the end of the 18c. If you miss a session or want to join the course in the middle, the detailed notes issued after each session will enable you to catch up.

Meeting dates for the 1st half of 2020.

Fridays 10.30am – 12 noon.
Matson Baptist Church Hall. (GL4 6LA)
10 Jan, 7 Feb, 6 March,
17 April, 15 May, 12 June,
10 July, None in August,
11 sept.

Thank you for all your support, attention and interesting questions and input to this course, which is currently at session 32.

From Chemistry, via the Periodic Table, I shall move on to Atomic and Nuclear Physics.

John Thorn.

Dates for your Diary
Fri Mar 6th - Usual Session -
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Badminton BELLYBOLLYHULA and FUN
Book Club 2 Bridge
Bridge Improvers Bridge: Evening
Chess Choir
Circle Dancing Computer Discussion
Craft Crime Book Club
Cryptic Crosswords Electronics
Enjoying Music Family History
Folk Band Folk Dancing
French (Conversation) French (Improvers)
German (Improvers) German (Intermediate)
History of Science Horticulture
Humour Italian 1, Conversation
Local History Lunching with Friends
Mah Jong Mexican Train
Piano Duets Play Reading 1
Play Reading 2 Recorders
Scrabble Short Latin Stories
Singing Together Social Cycling
Steam Railways Table Tennis
Table Tennis: Beginners Talking of Books
Ten Pin Bowling Theatre
Travel Understanding Art
Walkers (Fridays) Walkers (Mondays)
Walkers (Wednesdays) Walking Football
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