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A Different Scientific Experience

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.

David Rose

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Science 2 News September-October

On the 15th September members of Science 1 and Science 2 met in the ‘ballroom’ of the John Godber Centre for a presentation on ‘Moons of the Solar System’ by Dr Nigel Marshall.

The photograph shows Nigel demonstrating the inverse square law with two glamorous assistants.

Next Meeting Friday 20th October 10am to 11.55am

Item 1: Consideration of dates for a joint Science 1 and 2 Christmas 2017 Science Quiz
Item 2: Our theme is ‘Global Warming’

Introduction and setting the scene: David Rose
The Greenland Project: John Tedstone

There will be opportunities for questions and discussion on this topic.

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Science Groups Guest Presenter

Science 2 (and welcome guests from Science 1) September 2017

Following our August break we reconvene for a 10am start on Friday 15th at the John Godber Centre.

We have a guest presenter Astronomer Nigel Marshall
His theme is ‘Moons’.

Nigel will be covering aspects of their properties and importance.
There will also be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

David Rose

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Science Group Visit to Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

The last session before our August break was a visit to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on Friday 21st July. This is a heritage railway primarily run by volunteers that links Wirksworth to Duffield along 8 miles of track.

Initially we were split into 2 groups for an interesting guided tour of the sheds and workshops before boarding the 11.15am train for a return journey to Duffield.
In true U3A style this was followed by a pleasant lunch at Le Mistral French restaurant in Wirksworth.

Several members followed that with another trip on the train taking advantage of their all day rover ticket.

Our thanks are extended to John Tedstone who is a volunteer at Ecclesbourne for acting as one of our guides and for setting up the visit and to our catering manager John Berrill for organising the meal.

The photographs show the group on the platform and John standing behind the driver (a retired judge) and Albert his assistant in the cab on the outward leg.
Next meeting Friday September 15th 10am to 12 noon at The John Godber Centre.

We have a guest presenter Astronomer and author Nigel Marshall who will deliver a presentation: ‘Moons and their place and importance in the Universe’
This will be followed by a question and answer session with Nigel.

Science 1 members are cordially invited to join us.

David Rose

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Science 2 Talk ‘Power’

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