Group Leader: David Peachey
3rd Tuesday at 2.30pm
Science generates exciting ideas and offers a view of the commonplace that is full of surprise and wonder.
We deal with the findings of science rather than experimentation and the use of mathematics is avoided. No previous knowledge or background in science is required.
At the start of each session we discuss topical issues of scientific interest followed by a main theme. So far these themes have included the probability of life elsewhere in the universe and the possibility of mankind living in space or on other worlds.
We have also studied the structure of the earth, the evolution of life, the development of mankind, and genetics. The impact of new technologies (e.g. genetic engineering and nanotechnology) on the future of our society has been considered.
Recently we have studied the historical development of modern scientific ideas. Extraordinary concepts are much easier to understand if one can see how and why they have arisen.