Science is a big deal these days. Our knowledge of the natural world has become detailed and deep in many ways, ranging from the Big Bang itself and the stars and galaxies of our universe through to the very DNA and cell biology that makes living organisms tick. Mysteries remain, of course. What is dark matter for example, and does it really exist?
But how did we get to this point? In the Science group we have been looking at how scientific thinking, observation and experiment has developed since the days of Ancient Greece, and how it flourished in the Arabic and Persian civilisations of the Middle Ages. The achievements of those times, particularly in astronomy and medicine, were remarkable.
Currently, we are starting on the Modern period, with Copernicus and his sun-centred model of the cosmos, and Vesalius whose painstaking dissections of the human body led to the correct understanding of anatomy. Following this, the path will lead on through Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Darwin, Einstein and other great scientists, right up to achievements of the present day in atomic physics, climate science and the human genome.
You don’t need to have studied physics or biology, etc, to join us. Just an enquiring mind, and the desire to know more about the science which is our great inheritance, and which continues to surprise with its new discoveries.
New members welcome – please contact Gary Chamberlin for further details.
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