Science 2 – February Meeting

Our guest speaker was Prof Jim Turner from Beeston u3a. We had some initial Zoom problems, one of which was that Jim could not get vision which meant we could not see him but fortunately his sound and screen share facility were both working.

His talk was titled ‘What we owe to Einstein’
It was useful to have some prior knowledge to understand some of the talk but here is a short précis of Einstein’s breakthrough achievements.

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist, universally acknowledged to be one of the two greatest physicists of all time, the other being Isaac Newton. Einstein developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. His mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc² has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”, a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory. His intellectual achievements and originality resulted in “Einstein” becoming synonymous with “genius”.

In 1905, Albert Einstein published the theory of special relativity, which explains how to interpret motion between different inertial frames of reference — that is, places that are moving at constant speeds relative to each other.

The most famous work of Einstein’s life also dates from 1905 (a busy year for him), when he applied the ideas of his relativity paper to come up with the equation E = mc2 that represents the relationship between mass (m) and energy (E) with c being the symbol representing the speed of light.

He was born on the 14 March 1879 and died at the age of 76 on the 18 April 1955.

Next Meeting: Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 10.00 am

David Rose

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Pub Quiz

February Pub Quiz answers
1. Cinnamon comes from which part of the tree? Bark
2. A White Lady cocktail consists of which main alcohol ingredient? Gin
3. Brassica Rapa is the Latin name for which vegetable? Turnip
4. In Japan what type of drink is Matcha? Green tea
5. What flavour is the liqueur Triple Sec? Orange
6. What is another term for Vitamin C? Ascorbic acid
7. Plantain is the cooking variety of which fruit? Banana
8. Macaws, long tailed colourful parrots, consist of how many species? 19
9. Traditionally Mozzarella cheese was made from which animal’s milk? Water buffalo
10. Sharing its name with a percussion instrument, which relative of the antelope, native to
Africa, has white vertical stripes on its body? Bongo
11. The French clothing company “Lacoste” features which type of animal in its logo? Crocodile
12. The Roadrunner is a member of which bird family? Cuckoo
13. The world’s largest frog and beetle are both name after which biblical character? Goliath
14. How many stars feature on the flag of New Zealand? Four stars
15. What is the most fractured human bone? Clavicle
16. What is the most famous university of Paris? Sorbonne
17. What animal is on the golden Flemish flag? Lion
18. What is the name of the Indian holy river? Ganges
19. What is the Kabbalah? A system of Jewish mystical beliefs
20. What is the meaning of the Arab word Habibi? Sweetheart
21. What does the abbreviation GPS mean? Global Positioning System
22. What is the most spoken language in the world? Chinese
23. What does the abbreviation SMS mean? Short Message Service
24. What is another word for wall painting or mural? Fresco

March Pub Quiz
SECTION ONE – PEOPLE
1. Who rode his ‘Funky Moped’ to No 5 in the UK charts in 1975?
2. What are the surnames of the 3 tenors? (1 point for each)
3. Who wrote and illustrated the children’s book, ‘The Snowman’?
4. What was the name of A.A. Milnes’ son?
5. Who was the captain of ‘The Black Pig’?
6. What nationality was the magician and escapologist, Harry Houdini?
7. Which month in 1969 did Neil Armstrong first stand on the moon?

SECTION TWO – GEOGRAPHY
8. Which explorer discovered the Hawaiian Islands?
9. In which modern country are the ruins of Troy?
10. What TV series was set on Craggy Island?
11. Which river runs through Baghdad?
12. On what street in London would you find The Bank of England? .
13. The A1 road starts in London and finishes in which city?

SECTION THREE – GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
14. What food would a Cockney be eating if he is going for a ruby?
15. What is the colour of the black box on commercial aircraft?
16. How many old pennies were there in a guinea?
17. In which film did Raquel Welch appear in a fur bikini as a cave girl?
18. What were the first two words in the film title where David Bowie plays Mr Lawrence?
19. What is the motto of the boy scouts?

SECTION FOUR – SPORT & LEISURE
20. What is the highest bid, without doubling, in the game of bridge?
21. In a game of bowls, what name is given to the target ball?
22. Which team won the 2017 FA Cup?
23. Which sport is said to have been played for over 3,000 years?
24. What is Japan’s national sport?
25. What is an ice hockey puck made of?

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Weekenders’ Group

The March Newsletter will be sent out on 1st March. Once again, many thanks to Margaret Whilde for printing off copies for those members not on email and for delivering them on her morning walk. Most of our group have now had the vaccine and are looking forward to the second round! Thanks to everyone for keeping in touch regularly with each other. Personally, can I say thank you to all those who have phoned or emailed me and even thanks to those who knocked on my door for a brief (distanced) chat during your exercise walks.

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Lunch Group

If you can remember that far back, what was your favourite Lunch Group venue of all time? I know we all enjoyed our Christmas Lunches at the Nottingham Albert Hall but there are one or two others – some posh, some not so posh – which we all enjoyed. I can also remember the worst, but in view of the libel laws I won’t name it here!

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Reading Group

Some of us are devouring as many books as possible during this pandemic whilst others seem to have lost their motivation! So, many thanks to those who have passed on their comments about the books they have read and let’s hope once we can get back together as a group we will hopefully become more enthused.

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