A series of presentations/seminars on a subject of interest/importance to the members. The initial series was “The Thermodynamics of Everyday Life” - see newsletters for 2012 and later. The search facility on the Home page could help.
For details of leaders and organiser click here.
Here are some pictures of an experiment - no-one was in any danger!
|Sugar with Potassium Nitrate||Sulphur with Aluminium
and potassium permanganate
Newsletters including news of pending talks.
|February||Women's contribution to science; Suffrage for all; Thermodynamics of recycling.|
|January||Creativity in science, engineering and technology - Inventions and Designs.|
|December||Artificial Intelligence and applications including Driverless cars|
|November||Internet security - the manual option; our vulnerability to a Solar Mass Ejection.|
|October||Unusual fuels and batteries.|
|September||Grenfell tower inquiry; Terrorists and disasters; Cassini - end of a mission - where next?|
|July||The Grenfell tower fire, causes and consequences; Charlie Gard.|
|June||Major recent events; Navigation.|
|May||Ramifications of the Internet.|
|April||Pollution and its sources; U3A Study days|
|March||The Enigma machine|
|February||Explosives; USA politics; UK health service.|
|January||The Speed of light; Perils of living near roads; Next talk on GM crops.|
|December||The shortest day; Next talk on GM crops.|
|November||Virtuosity, theft and objectivity; explosives,|
|October||The concluding part of our series on Complexity, Unpredictability and Chaos; The Monthly Mystery Object; Our sense of smell.|
|September||Earth threating Asteroids; Alzheimers research; Visit to Proxima Centauri|
|August||Enrolment - Members' interests; MH370 - search or not?|
|July||Apologies!, Alternative energy day, Subjects for next year.|
|June||Prediction - Weather, The Grand National, GPS, etc.|
|May||The Transit of Mercury; Weather and Climate.|
|April||Moore's Law and complex systems.|
|March||More meteor and asteroid news; the treatment of paralysis caused by damage to nerve pathways.|
|February||Meteorites & Asteroids and deaths.|
|January||A ‘year of thirteen moons’, variations in the earth's orbit and effects on our climate.|
|December||Discussions on hydrocarbons and their dominance as fuels. We do not have an energy crisis, we have a fuels crisis and very little of the investment in 'alternative energy' has addressed this.|
|November||The carcinogenic properties of processed preserved meats; The close approach of the asteroid dubbed the Halloween Asteroid; Another airliner appears to have been downed by a bomb; The VW emissions debacle continues.|
|October||Diesel engine parameter adjustments; Did the Spitfire or the Hurricane win the Battle of Britain?|
|September||Enrolment day and discussion about the future of the group.|
|August||The search for flight MH370 continues.|
|July||How the Greek bailout matches our attitude to energy; The visit to Pluto and its moon Charon by the New Horizons spacecraft.|
|June||The Large Hadron Collider restarts.|
|May||The Nepal earthquake; Energy storage by Tesla.|
|April||Aircraft safety procedures and staff medical monitoring|
|March||Living standards as we retire; plans for future talks.|
|February||Mitochondrial DNA and related subjects.|
|January||Transport incidents: Ships and Aircraft. How they are controlled and located - RADAR.|
|December||The strangeness of the quantum world: Wave/particle duality; The double slit experiment; Schrödinger’s Cat..|
|November||The latest IPCC report on global warming.|
|October||A car breakdown; More on the Elements; The CPU (Central Processing Unit) - the heart of the computer - how it works and its limitations. Click here to see the presentation.|
|September||Treatment choices for Aysha King|
|August||Wars in the middle East; Rosetta mission; Ebola outbreak.|
|July||The discovery of Phosphorus and advance topics for the next sessions.|
|June||The loss of the yacht Cheeky Rafiki, the search and the structure.|
|May||The proposed take over of Astra Zeneca by Pfizer and the latest simulation of the history of the universe by NASA.|
|April||The hunt for the missing MH370|
|March||The Aurora caused by a Coronal Mass Ejection, and the oldest Zircon crystal in the world.|
|February||The super nova in M82|
|January||'Its downhill all the way' - covers the natural tendency for things to wear out, degrade and decay wherein lies our own fate.|
|December||Alas, Comet Ison was destroyed during its rounding of the Sun; or at least all of its water was boiled off.|
|November||The disaster in the Philippines caused by typhoon Haiyan|
|October||The IPCC report|
|September||Turbines, Water wheels and Windmills|
|August||Fracking and its byproducts|
|July||Speed and Hydrocarbons.|
|June||Observation of the Sun and its spots; Richard Feynman's solution of the explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle.|
|May||“the thermodynamics of everyday life” ~ Climate and Weather.|
|April||“the thermodynamics of everyday life” ~ the importance of the Sun as the supplier of the majority of our energy.|
|March||“the thermodynamics of everyday life” ~ continued further.|
|February||“the thermodynamics of everyday life” ~ continued further.|
|January||“the thermodynamics of everyday life” ~ continued.
|November||“the thermodynamics of everyday life” ~ introduction & scope.
|October||Higgs Boson presentation & discussion continued; Introductory session of "The thermodynamics of everyday life". Click here for the Higgs Boson presentation.|
Click here for the original poster with the proposed synopsis of the stars group.
There is a series of interesting lectures on related subjects being given at Gresham College. This was founded 1597 and hosts free lectures for the general public at the Museum of London, which is on a bus route from Waterloo Station [no cost if you have a bus pass]) that you may find of interest. Each lecture lasts about an hour, with questions. They are all on Wednesdays at 1.00 pm.
Each lecture is self-contained, so there is no need to commit to the whole series. If anyone is interested in joining Celia Gregory to attend a lecture, please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 644 350 to arrange to travel up together and hopefully buy a reduced train fare. The Museum has a good cafe or one can take sandwiches.
Tickets for the lecture are generally unreserved, and there is free parking in the main University car park.