Science & Technology

Co-ordinator Derek and Dorothy Morgan Science&Technology
Telephone   01280 813 033
E-mail science.and.technology@buckinghamu3a.org.uk
Weekday 1st Wednesday
Time 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Venue RLS Discovery Centre, Brookfield Lane,
Buckingham
Attendees will need to sign in at the main reception
before coming over to the meeting.
They must be accompanied.
Either a member of staff or a sixth-former will be available.

About the group

This group is aimed at members with a general interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (past, present, and future developments).

The main criterion for membership is an enquiring mind and a readiness to learn something new through interaction with others in the group; the usual format is to hold an informal meeting with speakers on relevant topics. We arrange visits from time to time, usually during school holidays when we would not normally meet.

Meeting Dates

As follows – all on first Wednesday of the Month:
6th February – Harin’s delayed talk from June
6th March – Fred Randle on Fibreoptics
3rd April (comes just before Easter holidays) TBA
1st May TBA
5th June TBA
3rd July  TBA
August – School Holidays
September – School Holidays
2nd October TBA
6th November TBA
4th December TBA

Note: Speakers needed!  If you are reading this and feel able to offer a talk on a Science & Technnology related  topic or know someone who could help, please do get in touch with us.

 

Further details available from Derek and Dorothy Morgan by email: science.and.technology@buckinghamu3a.org.uk

Related Resources:

The RLS Discovery Centre has a series of Community Lectures being held on Wednesday evenings as detailed at this link:

www.royallatin.org/events

We recently visited the John Lewis Automation centre in Milton Keynes; here is a video showing the process: Knapp – Automation at John Lewis

National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park; website is hereyou can book a public guided tour online.

You can see a video of Colossus on the Codes & Ciphers site, along with other interesting items about exhibits including the Robot “George”.

http://www.codesandciphers.org.uk/

We would also like to recommend a book called “The Innovators” by Walter Isaacson, which is subtitled “How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution”. It traces the development of computing from Ada Lovelace way back in the 1840’s right up to the last few years. Could be obtained from Amazon UK, or from other retail outlets including eBay.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Innovators-Inventors-Hackers-Geniuses-Created-Digital-Revolution/dp/1471138801

The Creative Science Centre – Dr. Jonathan Hare’s Website

http://www.creative-science.org.uk/

The NASA Website is interesting https://www.nasa.gov/

The American Museum of Natural history

Bucks Earth Heritage Group can be found at  www.bucksgeology.org.uk

Ozone and other atmospheric chemistry:

Some associated links to investigate

http://spaceweather.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_rain

http://www.cyclocane.com/

Balancing Green Power; how to deal with variable energy sources (David Elliott ex OU professor of energy/technology policy – author of ‘Balancing Green Power; how to deal with variable energy sources’)

Some related links to investigate

David Elliot’s Web Page

EU: The European Climate Foundation
http://www.roadmap2050.eu
European Renewable Energy Council
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/consultations/docs/0005/registered/91650013720-46_european_renewable_energy_council_en.pdf
Global: Stanford University- Prof. Mark Jacobson http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/
WWF
http://www.wwf.org.uk/search/node?keys=renewable

 

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