Why is science hard?

When:
16 February, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where:
The Greenbank Pub, The Greenbank Hotel, 57 Belle Vue Rd, Bristol BS5 6DP, UK
Categories:

Science has evolved from the playground of aristocrats to the profession of artisans. From the theories of Galen to genetic engineering. It provides the most comprehensive description we have of why rain falls, why the sun rises and how people live and die. For the more commonplace, it informs how we brush our teeth, the food we choose to eat and how we build our homes. But despite this enormous reach into our lives, what science is and what it does is often obscure, uncertain and difficult to understand.

Using biology and medicine as a background, we’ll discuss what science is (and what it isn’t), whether it is hard to do and teach, and how it can be used (and misused).

 Lindsay’s Bristol University webpage.

Start the Week with Justin Quinnell

When:
10 March, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where:
Millennium Square, Bristol

To celebrate the beginning of British Science Week and our Science Film Festival, why not put a giant eye on your head and view the world as it should be seen – Upside Down!

Justin Quinnell is famed for his pin-hole camera work. Join him and some of our intrepid volunteers as we take his eyescuras to Millennium Square. You will not be able to miss us! What is it like to live in an upside down world? Come and have some fun!

 

 

 

 

 


www.pinholephotography.org

Justin Quinnell    0117 9518712     justinquinnell@hotmail.com

Invisible gorillas: The limits of short-term memory

When:
16 March, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where:
The Greenbank Pub, The Greenbank Hotel, 57 Belle Vue Rd, Bristol BS5 6DP, UK
Categories:
Our speaker is Robert Udale from the School of Experiment Psychology at Bristol University.
Short-term memory is a cognitive system, distinct from long-term memory, responsible for the temporary storage of relevant information.  We rely on it every day to hold things in mind, solve problems and to make sense of the continuous stream of incoming perceptual information about our environment.  I will talk about what short-term memory is, and give some examples of the important functions it serves in our everyday lives.  I will demonstrate some of the tasks which experimental psychologists use to probe the structure of short-term memory and talk about the current debate concerning how short-term memory represents information about the external world.  By Robert Udale

Science Film Festival

When:
16 March, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where:
Planetarium, Millennium Square

Details coming shortly…