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Category Archives: Science Group 2
At the March meeting David Insley delivered an interesting presentation on John Snow an English physician and a leader in the adoption of anaesthesia and medical hygiene. He is considered one of the fathers of modern epidemiology, in part because of his work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho, London, in 1854. His findings inspired fundamental changes in the water and waste systems of London, which led to similar changes in other cities, and a significant improvement in general public health around the world.
David’s presentation was followed by a small group activity using evidence to find the source of the cholera epidemic.
Next Month April 20th 10am John Godber Centre
Part 1: Guest presenters Terry Hill ‘Life on Mars’
Part 2: and Ann and Ian Murray ‘The Hadron Collider’
May 18th Meeting
- ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ David Rose
- Short Presentations by group members (remember to finish that homework!)
Annual Science 2 Visit Friday July 20th
This is for a private guided tour and visit to Papplewick Pumping Station which was designed in the early 1880s to pump millions of gallons of clean fresh water every day to the rapidly increasing population of Industrial Nottingham. It is one of the most spectacular, preserved water Pumping Station in the British Isles.
We are booked for a 10.30am tour and the cost, including a drink, is £6.00 each
Book your place at the April and May meetings.
We will then proceed to a venue (to be decided) for a group lunch
We began with John Tedstone checking up on the ‘homework’ from last month. This was based on part of the research paper about the glacial melt project in Greenland. Jean Arrowsmith was judged to have made the best attempt and received a virtual gold star.
The main topic was ‘Body Systems’ initially looking at the different types of cell which are the basic building blocks of tissues and organs. In small groups the members completed an activity to identify each system and to recognise its main role in the body.
To follow up some members were kind enough to share their personal experiences of medical interventions. We ended with two rounds of ‘Pointless Science’ the winning team receiving a much sought after U3A Diary.
The photograph shows the members carrying out the small group work.
NEXT MONTH MARCH 16th
The theme for our next meeting is ‘Pathogens, disease and the development of Public Health’. The focus will be on how the advance of scientific knowledge and understanding of the real causes of disease, coupled with improvements in public health, improved the quality of life and life expectancy of people.
To complement this there will be short presentations from:
Sue Tedstone – ‘Blood Cells’
Helen Rose – ‘Low Blood Pressure’
Carol and David Insley – ‘John Snow’
together with an activity based on the ‘detective work’ of John Snow.
Please contact the group leader, David Rose, via the form below:-
Our November session was a little bit different. We invited artist Roger Crooks who has taken part in the ‘Creative Reactions’ Project with Physics Professor Tony Padilla from Nottingham University. Roger’s paintings have been displayed in Woolsthorpe Manor (home of Isaac Newton). Roger’s project was based on ‘String Theory’ and John Tedstone had a go at explaining what this is! The session culminated with us all drawing a picture, which was chosen at random. Roger is going to work on our pictures, to produce a large painting, which will be displayed at the Nottingham Society of Artists. Members of Science 2 will be invited to the grand opening.
Many thanks to Roger and John and we look forward to seeing the finished masterpiece
Our next meeting will be on Friday January 19th 2018
The theme is ‘Body Systems, the heart, pulse rate, blood pressure and causes of heart disease’
If you have a blood pressure monitor could you please bring it to the session?
Science 2 November 17h Meeting
This month will be something a little different.
‘When Art and Science collide- a collaboration’
Nottinghamshire artist Roger Crooks has recently completed some paintings based around the development of science from Isaac Newton and his Laws of Motion and Gravity to the present day .This includes aspects of quantum physics and ‘String Theory’.
Followers of the long running show ‘The Big Bang Theory’ probably know that this is understood by Sheldon and Stephen Hawking but not by most of us. String theory addresses one of the deepest problems of contemporary physics, namely the reconciliation of gravity and quantum theory unifying the gravitational force with the forces of our standard model of elementary particle physics. Hence the link from Newton to today.
No previous knowledge is necessary and John Tedstone has kindly offered to lead the session and Roger will talk about his work leading to some creative group participation.
Please come along to enjoy a different scientific experience.