ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS and COSMOLOGY
by Tony Heyes
For 2023 we have two class representatives:Things happening NOW
Michael Howard email@example.com
Sue Harbottle firstname.lastname@example.org
This U3A course was inspired by the late Dr John O'ConnorA couple of tips
Which Planets are visible from Melbourne tonight?
When and where can we see the International Space Station (ISS)?
The ISS has a webcam pointing at the earth. However it is not always switched on!
A short tutorial - just in case you did not know!You can look for a specific text string on this (or any other) web page. To find out how, go to   How to jump to a text stringArtificial Intelligence: If you would like to try ChatGPT, Here's how
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Skip toWatch Listen PowerPoints Giggle Useful links or Notes for TutorsFor example: To download Stellarium go to Useful links
Things to Read : (Links are underlined)
Tony's U3A bio: orDo we need to bring Gym Shoes to a Physics Class?
All scientists should be skeptical. but what exactly is Scientific Skepticism
From Aeon What is a Law of Nature?
From Nature Is Fukushima wastewater release safe? What the science says
What Oppenheimer the film gets wrong about Oppenheimer the man
The Expanding Universe Baryon Acoustic Oscillaions, a new 'standard candle'One Two Three Four
Darwin Day: (12th Feburary 1809) the OUP blog offers Ten things you didn't know about Darwin I suspect you did know most of them!
An Earthcentric view of Venus The 5 petals of Venus and its 8-year cycle
For those who like mathematics this is how measurments taken form different parts of the Earth of the Transit of Venus enable us to calculate the distance from the Earth to the Sun (the Astronomical Unit)
Victoria's fossil emblem Koolasuchus cleelandi
Carbon Sequestration Just maybe it might workA Wikipedia article PeridotiteScientific American
A video Turning Carbon Di-Oxide into Rock
A Scientific American article The Carbon Rocks of OmanHow Star Collisions Forge the Universe's Heaviest ElementsAn Update on C. P. Snow's "Two Cultures"Read ahout the great personal debt owed to Lord Snow. Without Snow's intervention, I, Tony, would be totally blind (see Tony's bio)The Big Think:Read or listen:Lawrence Krauss:
There is very much more to Oppenheimer than the development of the Atom Bomb. This splendid article gives us an insight. Oppenheimer's forgotten astrophysics research explains why black holes exist
Surprise: the Moon outshines the Sun at the highest energies
10 surprising facts about the Big Bang Theory
The James Webb Telescope the first image and how it was obtained.
Einstein and his concerns about Quantum MechanicsHow Einstein challenged quantum mechanics and lostThe weirdness of quantum mechanics forces scientists to confront philosophy
Quantum mystery: Do things only exist once we interact with them?
Einstein's quantum ghost is here to stayCosmology without DesignIf it were not so, it would not be thus.
Or as our recent President, Geoff Sheldon says, "If King Cnut's son, Harthacnut, had had a son we would all be speaking Norwegian."
Paul Davies What is life?
Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff Orchestrated objective reduction (Orch OR) a biological philosophy of mind that postulates that consciousness originates at the quantum level inside neurons
Katie Mack writes in Aeon Big Space Our cosmic horizon is both unreachable and closer than ever.
Dark MatterRamin Skibba asks in Aeon Does Dark Matter Exist?.From Physics World: Radio telescopes could give us a new view of gravitational waves
David Merritt asks in Aeon MOND a non-standard model.
From the OUP Blog: Super Massive Black Holes: monsters in the early universe
From The ConversationVulcanologist Raymond Cas delves into sci-fi and explains problems with an episode in Rings of Power:Michael Howard, our resident acturary, presented The Australian Actuaries Climate Index; developed to measure whether the frequency of extreme weather conditions is changing over time.
One cannot simply detonate a volcano to produce Mordor!
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune: why our next visit to the giant planets will be so important (and just as difficult)
Introducing Australotitan: Australia's largest dinosaur yet spanned the length of 2 buses
Binary Pulsars: We counted 20 billion ticks of an extreme galactic clock to give Einstein's theory of gravity its toughest test yet
Paul Kyberd of Brunel University, London writes:: Explainer: what are fundamental particles?
Eric G. Cavalcanti of Giffith University writes: A new quantum paradox throws the foundations of observed reality into question
This web site is somewhat demanding but it is well worth the effort.If you are a little uncertain about the concepts of Normal Distribution, 99% Percentile and Standard Deviation have a look at
this short Wikipedia article
Michael's own Power Point presentaion may be downloaded here.
Our tribute to one of Tony's old student friends,
Video: Deriving Hawking's most famous equation:
The Temperature of a Black Hole
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Videos to Watch: (Links are underlined)
An animation See the planets rotateTony.Heyes@gmail.com
What is a Synchrotron
What is ITER An experimental Fusion Reactor
A most remarkable video: take a tour of Mars in High Definition
The James Webb Space Telescope Seeing The Universe Like We've Never Seen It Before
A great video Physics Girl How Rainbows Work
NASAThe Mysterious 30 Year Journey of Apollo 12
Carl SaganThe Pale Blue Dot Cosmic Calendar
Olbers' ParadoxWhy is the Sky Dark at Night?What makes Legrange Points Special Locations In Space
Yale University, Brian Thomas Swimme takes us on the Journey of the Universe: the Unfolding of Life
String Theory a short cartoon.
Brian GreeneString TheoryThe Whole History of the Earth and Life
On The Concept of ENTROPY
Over Time Everything That Gives Us Meaning Will Be Destroyed
Time travel is possible. Can we go back?
COMOS: South Australia's own Burgess Shale The new national park preserving Earth's earliest life
CERN, the biggest machine ever built: the Large Hadron Collider and Particle Fever.
Sir David AttenboroughAddress to the United Nations Security Council Climate and Security 23 February 2021
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
First Life Part 1 Part 2
The Natural History Museum Alive
Why Does Life Need Water?
Daniel DennettFrom Bacteria to Bach and BackHumans and Apes: the Chromosome mismatch.
London's Natural History MuseumBill Bailey on Alfred Russel Wallace at London's Natural History Museum where he discusses Wallace's specimens collected from each side of what is now called the Wallace Line.Bill Bailey 's Jungle Hero: Alfred Russel Wallace
Bill Bailey unveils a portrait of Wallace next to Darwin's statue at the Natural History Museum.
David Attenborough and Bill Bailey give brilliant talks at London's Natural History Museum at the unveilling of Wallace's Statue
David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive :   Part 1 of 2 Part 2 of 2Bill Bailey on Alfred Russel WallaceAlexander Von Humbolt Expedition in South America
Wallace's Flying Frog
The two long filmsWallace In BorneoBill Bailey unveils portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace at London's Natural History Museum
Wallace In The Spice Islands
Bill Bailey unveils portrait of Alfred Russel Wallace at London's Natural History Museum
BBC Walking with Monsters :Water Dwellers Reptile's Beginings A Clash of Titans
BBC Walking with Dinosaurs :New Blood Time of the Titans Cruel Sea
Giant of the Skies Spirits of the Ice Forest Death of a Dynasty
BBC Walking with Beasts :New Dawn Whale Killer Land of Giants
Next of Kin Sabre Tooth Mammoth Journey
BBC Walking with Cavemen :First Ancesters Blood Brothers Savage Family The Survivors
The Royal Institution (RI) have a youtube channel full of good stuff including:Anthony Zee presents: A Brief Introduction to General RelativityDavid Tong The Standard Model The Most Successful Scientific Theory Ever
John Spence presents: How Einstein Abolished the Aether
David Tong presents: Quantum Fields: The Real Building Blocks of the Universe
Continental drift Fred Vine explaining Paleomagnetic reversals
Raymond Cas presentation to the Royal Society of VictoriaUnderstanding Climate Change: All the natural and human causes.Panspermia Did Life on Earth Come From Space?
Ray's talk assesses the impact of long term geological processes, asteroid impacts, Earth's orbital change behaviour, volcanic gas and ash emissions, biological processes, oceanographic and atmospheric circulation processes and how the moving continents affect these, as well as the impacts of anthropogenic gases over the last 250 years relative to the effects of normal/natural greenhouse gases (and how we know this).
Evolution of the Peppered Moth by Natural Selection
Arvin Ash present a number of interesting videos under the title: Complex questions explained simply For example:How did life begin? Abiogenesis. Origin of life from nonliving matterThe Arizona State University meeting of Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing.
Why do atoms form molecules? The quantum physics of chemical bonds explained
Quantum Mind: Is quantum physics responsible for consciousness & free will?
Hydrogen Bomb: How it Works in detail. Atomic vs nuclear bomb
and lots more.
A repeat encounter at the Australian National University: Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing. Filmed the day after Richard's memorable encounter with Cardinal Pell on Q&A.
Suzie Sheehy Discoveries that changed our World
Lewis DartnellA Short History of Technology
Origins - How The Earth Made Us
Astrobiology - the hunt for alien life
Lawrence KraussA Universe from Nothing an interview with Steve PaikinDiscovery: The Inside of The Earth.
Atheism and the Spirit of Science an interview with Steve Paikin
A Universe from Nothing an interview with Richard Dawkins.
Teaching Creationism is Child Abuse
A guide to the inside of the International Space Station .
Leonard SusskindThe World as Hologram
Brian CoxAdventures in Space and TimeEpisode 1 Episode 2
Episode 3: What is Gravity Episode 4
Is the universe 26.7 Billion years old
Jim Al-KhaliliJim Al-Khalili asks What is Everything? and then What is Nothing?.Max Planck and Quantum Physics
Jim Al-Khalili on The Beginning and End Of The Universe
Jim Al-Khalili: The Secret Of Quantum Physics: Einstein's Nightmare.
Jim Al-Khalili: The Secrets Of Quantum Physics: Let There Be Life.
Jim Al-Khalili: Atom: The Illusion Of Realit.
Jim Al-Khalili: Gravity and Me.
Jim Al-Khalili: The Forgotten Legacy of Arabic Science.
Jim Al-Khalili asks: Is Time Travel Possible? Determinism, Relativity and the Arrow of Time.
Jim Al-Khalili: Having fun and hamming it up: The Double Slit Experiment at the Royal Instition, London.
Jim Al-Khalili: The World According to Physics.
Jim Al-Khalili: Entropy (Order and Disorder) Energy.
Jim Al-Khalili: The Story Of Energy: Order and Disorder .
Jim Al-Khalili: The Story of Information Order and Disorder
Jim Al-Khalili: Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity
Jim Al-Khalili: Science and Islam
Jim Al-Khalili: The Secret Of Quantum Physics AKA: Spooky ActionEinstein's Nightmare
Let There Be Life
Jim Al-Khalili: TED talk. How quantum biology might explain life's biggest questions.
Jim Al-Khalili: delivers the 2014 Voltaire Lecture: Lessons from the past: science and rationalism in medieval Islam to the British Humanist Association.
Jim Al-Khalili: interviews Rowan Williams the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Brian Cox meets Jim Al-Khalili.
ScienceClic video channelA new way to visualize General RelativityGalaxcy, Star and Solar System formation
What would we see if we fell into a Black Hole?
Professor Dave explainsStar and Galaxy Formation in the Early UniverseKant and Laplace: Nebular Hypothesis - Origin of the Earth Solar system
The Formation of the Milky Way Galaxy
The Formation of the Solar System and the Structure of the Sun
Andrew Prentice from the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University:
Modern Laplacian theory of Solar System origin
The Moon and TidesTidal Locking: Why Do We Only See One Side of the Moon?Philip Ball Science writer and presenter and for over twenty years the editor of the journal Nature
Ocean Tides Explained
Spring and Neap TidesAt the Royal Institution (RI)Dame Jocelyn Bell BurnellAn Introduction to Quantum BiologyOn Aeon either read or listen to Life with Purpose
Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics is Different
Understanding Quantum EntanglementJocelyn Bell discovered pulsars. The Nobel Prize went to her supervisorPaul Lasky's Monash Webinar
A short video Jocelyn Bell Burnell describes how she discovered pulsars
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell's Institue of Physics Webinar on Transient Astronomy
Bursts, bangs and things that go bump in the night.
What can a proposed high frequency gravitational wave detector tell us about neutron stars?.
Fine StructureFine Structure Constant Explained in 60 SecondsCloser To Truth hosted by Robert Lawrence Kuhn
Fine Structure ConstantNobel Prize winner, Sir Roger Penrose: Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?Paul Davies:
Nobel Prize winner, Sir Roger PenroseWhy did our Universe begin?
Gravity, Hawking Points and Twistor Theory
The Big Bang was not the begining
Stephen Wolfram, Seth Lloyd, Lee Smolin, Francis Collins, and Frank Wilczek: Complexity from Simplicity?
Lee Smolin: How Can Space and Time be the Same Thing?
Is the Universe fine-tuned for life and mind?
Does a Fine-Tuned Universe Lead to God?
Michael Shermer Fallacies in Proving God Exists
What's beyond Physics?
Paul Davies: What is the Origin of the Laws of Nature?
Paul Davies: Are the Laws of Nature constant?Where do the laws of physics come from?Michio Kaku:
What are the laws of physics?The Universe in a NutshellFrancis Collins makes the distinction between deism and theism Is religion a threat to science?
There are 2 types of god. Only one is within the boundary of science.
Nobel Prize winner, Brian Schmidt, discribes The Accelerating Universe
The Mathmatics of Tipping Points by Thomas Bury.
Bryan Magee on the Philosophy of Science one has to admire Magee's clarity of expression.
Kirk Sorensen on Thorium reactors:LFTRs in 5 minutes.and LFTR vs nuclear waste. - Plutonium, americium, curium (transuranics) can be fissioned ie. consumed.and the latest news Chinese molten-salt reactor cleared for start up .
Sabine HossenfelderHydrogen Will Not Save Us. Here's Why.Climate Change
Is Nuclear Power Green?.
Rainforest Carbon Offsets Ineffective, New Investigation Reveals.
Nuclear Fusion: Who Will be the first to make it work?
Renewable Energy Storage
Carbon dioxide and the Greenhouse Effect
Life might be more common in the universe than we thought
I Think Faster Than Light Travel is Possible. Here's WhySteven Koonin Questions Conventional Climate Science and MethodologySergio Pellegrino Space Solar Power: A New Beginning.
The Truth about Hydrogen
A brilliant series of short films The Energy Transition Crisis outlining the problems with wind and solar and pointing the way forward.
David EaglemanDavid Eagleman's TED talk Can we create new senses for humans? in which he makes reference to the pioneering work of Paul Bach-y-Rita.Andrei Linde on Universe or Multiverse.
David Eagleman asks Brain over mind?.
David Eagleman does a brilliant job addressing the question. God vs No God.
What are Observers?.NOTE: The first 14 minutes are welcome speeches. if you switch on the sub-titles, you will notice that they are computer generated and hence have some very curious spelling!
Derek Muller from Veritasium the element of truth.Black Hole: How Scientists Took This Impossible Space PhotoGenetics
How One Supernova Measured The Universe
How Trees Bend the Laws of Physics
Why the Fahrenheit scale is so wierd
The Magnus Effect Backspin Basketball Flies Off Dam.
The design of the Mars Helicopter
Spooky Action at a Distance the best explanation I have ever seen of John Bell's inequality.
Half the universe was missing... until now
Neutron Star Merger Gravitational Waves and Gamma Rays
The Most Radioactive Places on Earth
The Baysian Trap Everyone should watch this, it is so interesting because it is counter intuative
Everything That Happens Has Already Been Determined.
The Big Misconception About Electricity
The wind powered car, 'Blackbird', and The $10,000 bet
The Man Who Accidentally Killed The Most People In History
What Actually Expands In An Expanding Universe?
How UV Causes Cancer and Aging
Your Mass is NOT From the Higgs Boson
How to make a Quantum Qbit
Why No One Has Measured The Speed Of Light
Is This What Quantum Mechanics Looks Like?Immune System: Innate and Adaptive Immunity ExplainedSpooky Action at a Distance: The Universe Isn't Real - Nobel Prize in Physics 2022 Bell's inequality.
The 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry went to two young ladies who invented CRISPRTED talk by Nobel winner Jennifer Doudna
TED talk by Ellen Jorgensen What you need to know about CRISPR
bozeman science.com presents What is CRISPR?
Helen Czerski: The Science of Bubbles Yet another Physicst with a Mancunian accent. Both interesting and entertaining.
Suzanne Simard: TED talk How trees talk to each other
Iain Stewart: Scotland's Einstein: James Clerk Maxwell The Man Who Changed the World.
Richard Feynman: Way of Thinking The Cosmological Reality
Allan Duffy ANZAAS lecture Dark Matter
BBC: The Sky at Night: The Real Star of Bethlehem A Christmas Special.
EngineeringMillau Viaduct: World's Tallest Bridge
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Intelligent DesignTantamount to "God of the Gaps": a theological concept that emerged in the 19th century and revolves around the idea that gaps in scientific understanding are regarded as indications of the existence of God.
Well known historical candidates: Newton - aspects of the solar system, the complexity of the eye.
These days the main candidates are complex molecular machines and the values of the fundamental constants. The history of science tells us that, in time, these 'gaps' will be filled. Notwithstanding, the God of the Gaps argument continues to thrive, as George Santayana put it, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
DNA Replication: Is it evidence for Intelligent Design?
By all means watch these four guys getting excited about things we do not yet uhderstand Darwin DEBUNKED: Using Modern Science wait and see.
The Paradigm Project: Intelligent Design
Stephen C. Meyer Senior Fellow and Director for the Center for Science and Culture in the Discovery Institute puts The case for Intelligent Design
An example of poor design The stupidest nerve in the mammalian body the Laryngeal Nerve and especially in the Giraffe.
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Melvyn Bragg tells the story of the Nobel-winning physicists William and Lawrence Bragg.
The Science ShowSir David Attenborough His 97th Birthday.In Conversation with Richard Fidler
Roger Short tells Robyn Williams of his surprise on learning about The God Gene.A brilliant raconteur, one of the very best Science Shows: The full Roger Short Interview. Almost an hour but every minute a gem.Science Show Biographical specials
Beatrix Potter an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist; she was best known for her children's books featuring animals. Less well know she was an amateur pioneer mycologist (the study of fungi)
Hedy Lamarr the actress and inventor who helped develop the modern world - Frequency Hopping.
Sir John Eccles the Australian Nobel laureate who devoted his life to unravelling the complexities of the human brain
Howard Florey the Australian Nobel laureate who developed penicillin.Paul Davies The mystery of the hole in the universe Paul's new book.Islamic science, Medieval medicine and the history police: When fake facts go viral a podcast from the ABC's "Science Friction".
Palaeontologist John Long discusses missing links: How a fish with tiny fingers changed history
The COVID Conversation from The NewDailyFacing up to the ethical challenges of who survives, and who keeps their jobs, Dr Simon Longstaff - Executive Director of The Ethics Centre - says there are no easy answers, or certainties, when looking to do the right thing.
Our famed Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty talks about why we will get a vaccine and what happens if we don't. He teases apart why our immune system so often lets us down and explains some of the complicating factors of a virus that he says isn't so mysterious. He also lets fly with what's making him angry.
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PowerPoints: (Links are underlined)
Ray CasAssessing the factors that cause climate changeTony HeyesEmbedded links:Volcanoes Why do they form, what are the hazards, and - Do we have any in Australia?Plate Tectonics, 540Ma - Modern World - Scotese AnimationMeasuring the UniverseEmbedded links:The Star That Redefined the Universe
The age of the Universe and Hubble's Constant
If the universe is only 14 billion years old, how can it be 92 billion light years wide?
The Galaxcy Song from Monty Python
Black HolesEmbedded links:Gravity Waves: the first detection
Simulation of the neutron star coalescence
The first image of a Black Hole
The Science of Renewable EnergyEmbedded links:Unobtainable: What's Wrong with Wind and Solar?
Community battery renewable energy storage
Rolls-Royce Small modular reactors
LFTRs in 5 minutes - Thorium Reactors
LFTR vs Nuclear Waste - Plutonium, americium, curium (transuranics) can be fissioned / disposed
See also this TED talk by Michael Shellenberger Why renewables can't save the planet
And this TED talk by Kirk Sorensen Thorium can give humanity clean, pollution free energy
China's Molten Salt Thorium Reactor
Radio Carbon and other DatingDating
A video explaining The Isochrone Plot
Dating the Viking Settlement in Newfoundland
From The Big Think World's oldest trees reveal the largest solar storm in history
The Adams EventThe Adams Event Film: Stephen Fry on Paleopocalypse
Velocity of Light and the Doppler EffectVelocity of LightOur Restless Earth: Plate Techtonics etc.
How to find the speed of light The Fizeau experimentThe Doppler Effect
Video explaining Stellar AberrationOur Restless EarthThe Philosophy of Science
Embedded links:Paleopocalypse! - Narrated by Stephen Fry. also known as The Adams Event
Plate Tectonic animations
A slow one A more rapid one
How Ice Ages Happen:
Sheldon debunks AstrologyOur Changing View of Reality A Scientific Perspective
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Videos to make us Giggle: (Links are underlined)
Moments of Wonder Philomena CunkOn Philosophy
On Greek Statues
Sir Simon Rattle and Mr Bean Chariots of Fire
Michael Shermer's amusing TED talk Why people believe weird things
The Two Ronnies nothing to do with Cosmology but a fine example of British humour Four Candles
David Mason plays the trumpet for Penny Lane
Clarke and Dawe The Energy Market Explained
Dave Allen explains Cosmology and The Garden of Eden
Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl The Philosophers' Song
The Griswolds at Stonehenge
Symphony of Science - the Quantum World!
Who needs a goldfish in a bowl when you can stare at this all day A decade of Sun Ten years pf tbe Sun, each second represents a day. From NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Totally mesmerizing.
Tom Lehrer's The Elements and that great Russian mathematician Nicolai Ivinovich Lobachevsky.
Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield singsDavid Bowie's Space Oddity} recorded in the International Space Station.
Chris Hadfield's ABC interview on how David Bowie responded to Space Oddity cover and what it takes to be an astronaut.
Sheldon, from Big Bang Theory, debunks Astrology.
The Galaxcy Song from Monty Python and the DNA Version
Cosmologist John waxes lyrical over his cornflakes ON OPENING HIS COMPUTER, OVER HIS BREAKFAST CORNFLAKES, OUR LOCKED-DOWN HUMAN FRIEND CHECKS HIS INBOX
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Useful Links: (Links are underlined)
The Feynman Lectures on Physics, the most popular physics book ever written, are completely online:
Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3
University of Central Florida clear and comprehensive Course on Astronomy
Right Ascension & Declination: Celestial Coordinates for Beginners
Australian National University Library of Resources ANU TV
Planck Units well, what are they Find out here
Stellarium the best astronomical software we know:a Download Stellarium for Windows. (a free download - I think!)Stellar Photography
Download Stellarium for an Apple Mac. (a free download - I think!)
Download the Stellarium App for an iPad. (Not free $14.99 well spent)An advantage of having the iPad version is that is has a setting whereby one can hold the iPad up at arms length and see, on tbe screen, the stars in the sky in that direction - with their names.A good friend who has moved to the outback is taking great pictures having followed this Youtube course: Nightscape images .Stellar MagnitudeWhat is stellar magnitude? Ancient to modern .If you are an iPad owner we can strongly recommend the following Astronomical Apos:SunSeeker also available for Android usersPeople on Quora who answer some tricky questions:
SundialJohn Mark Fernee
Victor T Toth
Dr Becky's astrophysics Youtube Channel
John Maddox was to the BBC what Robyn Williams is to our ABC. The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility. See the list of Previous Prize Winners.
Astronomy at Swinburn University.
Click to see which Planets are visible from Melbourne today.
Do visit the MorningtonPeninsula Astronomical Society, they have monthly open evenings, the first Friday in the month.To see videos of some of their lectures go to the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society YouTube site.
The Institue of Physics (UK) YouTube Channel. Interesting things to do on the kitchen bench
The Royal Institution (UK)YouTube Channel a huge number of splendid videos.Dr Derek Muller's splendid short videos from Veritasium
Christmas Lectures in which eminent scientists present their field of study to a young audience.
Sean Carroll presents a series of informal videos talking about the biggest ideas we've come up with to describe our natural world. The Biggest Ideas in the Universe.
What every Cosmologist needs a Pocket Sundial. And, yes, they tell me it works in both hemispheres.
An on-line Calculator for the real nerd.
Look in detail at the surface of another planet; a great film taken by the Mars Rovers.
Read about the making of this film here.
If you are interested in a scientific view of Comlimentary or Alternative Medicine, and a host of otber things, visit The James Randi Foundation.
Find more medical good sense here: Friends of Science in Medicine.
Since it is becoming increasing obvious that very few countries will achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions without the inclusion of nuclear energy within the mix, it behoves us to keep abreast of what is going on in the outside world. I recommend signing up for a weekly, free, email copy of World Nuclear News
If you have grandchildren or young friends who are looking for a different party idea, how about a Cosmology Party. Look at: Stones, Bones and Stars
The children will get to handle crystals, a meteorite, dinosaur teeth and to see rock from the moon.
And a very clear definition: Scientific TheoryAn interlocking and consistent system of empirical observations and testable hypotheses that has never failed scrutiny.And a homage to science from Bertrand RussellIt is science that has destroyed the belief in witchcraft, magic and sorcery. It is science that has made the old creeds and the old superstitions impossible for intelligent men to accept. It is science that has made it laughable to suppose the earth the center of the universe and man the supreme purpose of the creation. It is science that is showing the falsehood of the old dualisms of soul and body, mind and matter, which have their origin in religion. It is science that is beginning to make us understand ourselves, and to enable us, up to a point, to see ourselves from without as curious mechanisms. It is science that has taught us the way to substitute tentative truth for cocksure error.
Bertrand Russell, The Art of Philosophizing (1968), Essay One, The Art of Rational Conjecture (1942), p. 11
Arguments for atheism Russell's Cosmic Teapot.
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Notes for Tutors/Lecturers: (Links are underlined)
It is possibleto stream these links live to the class but it is frought. It is much better to download the link to your own computer prior to your presentation.
The best download software I have found is Airy It is available for use both on PCs and the Apple Mac.
Hybrid ZoomingSmall Meeting Hybrid Tech Setup
Large Meeting Hybrid Tech SetupGoing Hybrid: Buying Guide
Zoom system requirements
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http://sonicpathfinder.org/U3A/Cosmologyif this is hard to remember simply go to
www.sonicpathfinder.organd follow the links starting with the link to "U3A Resources" in the cyan box very near the top of the page.
HOWEVER: Manningham U3A has a New Web Page and a link to this page - and other Class Posts - can be found at the top.
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