U3A Science Network

2011 Abergavenny Seminar

TWO CULTURES - SCIENCE WITH A SPRINKLING OF THE ARTS

U3A Science & Technology Network Seminar
Abergavenny, August 2011

U3A members from all round the country gathered in August for a packed programme of lectures, visits and socialising. Starting off with Icelandic geology, we progressed through topics such as fractal art, glassmaking and digital photography, pausing only to land the jumbo jet we learned how to get airbourne last year, and have a brief look at quantum theory and the mathematics behind music. Our visit to the National History Museum of Wales - an open-air museum -gave us an afternoon to explore the various buildings, whilst the next day's visit to Bristol saw lots of adults elbowing children off the interactive sience displays. Wednesday evening was enlivened by practical plane building (paper, balsa wood, plastic, polystyrene ...) with projectiles zooming across the room, before we settled into the relative calm of handling fossils and then enjoying an impromptu magic display when it was discovered one of our number was a magician. All this plus good food and company - not to be missed.

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