From the big bang to our bodies: key scientific discoveries
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS271
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
Incremental or epic, scientifc discoveries drive our understanding of the world around us. Across 5 sessions, this course will introduce you to some of the most significant discoveries from outer space to the inner workings of our bodies across astronomy, physics, geology, evolutionary anthropology and forensic anthropology.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
In the first session, astrophysicist Dr. Radmila Topalovic will unpack the formation of the solar system through they discoveries that have given us the understanding we now have.
The second session will be run by physicist Dr. Gary Retallick, who will focus on how the Earth came to have an atmosphere and how the atmosphere and magnetic field of the Earth provide the type of protection from cosmic radiation which has enabled life to come into existence.
Teaching the third session, Charles Clarke, our expert in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology, will explore key geological aspects of our planet and the discoveries of these.
In the fourth session, evolutionary anthropologist Dr. Kathleen Bryson will explore how the journey of evolution in primates and hominin got us to the distinct homo sapiens species of which we are part.
In the fifth and last session, Forensic anthropologist and forensic archaeologist Agata Kostrzewa unfold more recent discoveries linked to our bodies, with a particular focus on bones.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- explain how the discoveries explored in the course came about
- appreciate the significance and impacts of the discoveries explored in the course
- understand how scientific discoveries often but not always emerge over longer periods and in collaborative environments.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open for eveyone and requires no particular skills. A good grasp of English and an open mind will help you make the most of the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be run by five different tutors who will teach in different ways, but all use elements of presentation, discussion and Q & A.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you might wish to have pen and paper (or digital equivalents) available should you wish to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS243 Chemistry: a gentle introduction
HS231 Genes, genomes and genetic modification
HS241 Exploring the science of climate change before COP-26
HS220 What secrets do your bones hold? Introduction to forensic anthropology
HS224 Stargazing at home: From your window to the Universe (October)
HS276 Pioneers of zoology
HS145 Guest lecture with Professor Raman Prinja: The stellar story, from dusty birth to explosive death
HS272 Science expeditions: past, present and future.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.