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 2018/9
November 21st "The Anthropic Principle" Geoff Kirby
Our universe is very delicately "tuned" to allow and encourage intelligent life to exist. For example, had the universe come into being with the strength of the Nuclear Strong Force just 2% stronger or weaker then stars and planets would not have existed. Does this mean that the universe was deliberately created so that humans could exist or are there so many different universes that it is highly probable that at least one life-friendly universe like ours would exist? If our universe was created for us does this 'prove' the existence of God as some traditionally believe or are we living in a vast simulation under the control of alien computer programmers outside our universe? If the latter, is 'free will' an illusion and is there any way of testing if we are merely avatars in a computer game?
There will be no meeting in December
January 16th TBA
February 20th "Battery Developments" John Gifford
I am sure you have noticed that torch batteries now last for longer, model planes fly on electric power, electric cars are a reality and all our latest devices are fitted with rechargeable batteries that work so well that even Dyson recently decided that there was no point in continuing to make vacuum cleaners that need to be plugged into the mains. John Gifford will be giving a talk on the scientific and technological basis of advances in battery design.
March 20th TBA
April 17th TBA
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 Longitude prize (click on blue type) 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.
At our meeting back in December 2015 we discussed Science-related books we had read. Click below to see the list we came up with (now updated with later thoughts).
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