The objective of science is to gain an understanding of nature. This enables us to develop tools that apply Nature’s Laws to improve our daily lives. Science Wednesdays is a series of lectures dealing with a broad range of sciences including physics, biology, health, and medicine.
Steve Sandler: The Science of Fast Boats
Newton’s Laws of Motion deal with the interactions of objects and forces. We will discuss these laws and apply them to the design of fast boats. Our discussions will also relate directly to the basic working of other land, sea, air and space vehicles.
Arnold Well: Separating Facts from Fiction Using Data
We are bombarded by claims based on data. Important issues that arise in identifying false claims will be discussed, emphasizing examples from medical studies and drug trials. We will consider how data can be improperly manipulated to provide desired outcomes and how statements can be made that are true, but misleading.
Alan Grindal: The Aging Brain — Realities and Opportunities
Multiple degenerative processes take place as we age. For the foreseeable future, most of these are beyond our control. The prevention and control of conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and depression reduce one’s risk of dementia. Lifestyle adjustments are under our control and are probably the most effective measures for the near future.
Alex Beavers: What is the Universe Made Of?
Quantum physicists try to explain the universe starting with studies of the smallest bits of matter, while astronomers say 95 percent of the observable universe cannot be explained by current science. This is a high-level journey through the great discoveries made by people searching for an answer to this question.