The Group meets on the third Wednesday of most months between 9.30 and 11.00 am in the Holy Trinity Centre – click here to find this location. (then use your browser's back button to return to this page)
Meetings are in the lower classroom behind the Main Hall. We usually have a talk or presentation given by one of our members or visitors for about 45 minutes, followed by questions and discussion. If there is time, we have coffee and biscuits.
Science Group Programme for 2019
September 18th "Robert Boyle, Robert Hooke and the Early Days of the Royal Society" - Pat Murdoch.
We are very pleased to welcome back one of our frequent speakers and former Group Leader. Boyle and Hooke were giants of the 17th Century advancement of science and were instrumental in setting up the Royal Society. Robert Boyle lived for some time in Stalbridge in North Dorset - click here for more details.
October 16th "Can You Believe Your Eyes?" Geoff Kirby
Geoff will be showing a large number of intriguing optical illusions which will show how we cannot trust our eyes and brain to give us a consistent view of the world around us. Our evolution has given us an optical processing system in the brain that sometimes works against common sense and our best survival interests.
November 20th A talk on Sonar - David Nunn
Details to follow
No meeting in December
The U3A Science group has a broad remit. As well as revisiting topics that people will have experienced at school or later in life, from a modern perspective, we also aim to keep abreast of recent subjects of contemporary interest. The tantalising possibilities of life on exoplanets or of satellite landings on comets or on the moons of the outer planets of the solar system, may be looked at. Closer to home, scientific issues here on Earth - for instance the problem of how to tackle drug resistant bacteria or the knotty concern facing us all with global warming - may be examples we consider.
The British Science Association has the objective of "Making science a fundamental part of culture and society"_
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Other venues for science talks/lectures
The Royal Institution in London
The Royal Society in London
Thomas Hardye School
Weymouth U3A Science Group
MOOC courses and Future Learn from your home via a computer
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More information is also available from the National U3A. You need to be a member to log in.
We do appreciate the commitment of all our speakers. Presenting the talk could be a little daunting at first, although no-one expects the speaker to be a total expert.
Contributions from other members have often led to a lively discussion. It would be encouraging if more members could find the time to develop talks.
This page is maintained by Geoff Kirby