October 06, 2014

The Story of Science & Engineering from Abstract to Infinity

Question: what distinguishes humans from their closest genetic relatives, chimpanzees?

Answer: they have much bigger brains for problem solving (science) and freely available hands for making things (engineering). The story of how humans have reshaped the world over the last 10,000 years is the story of science & engineering.

This giant narrative takes in 14 of the most significant discoveries covering the complete scientific spectrum from maths (abstract) to astronomy (infinity). The talk, accompanied by a coat of many pockets and a giant edition of the Wallbook of Science & Engineering, also gets students to think about the unintended consequences of scientific endeavour. Ideal for cross-curricular integration, science, maths and history departments.

This talk was first given at The Science Museum and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in October 2013.

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