Curious about How Scientific Explanations Are Developed? A Lab-Based Class for Non-Scientists

Every Tuesday • 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. • Room 9Understanding Science

January 17, 24, 31 • February 7, 14, 21, 28 • March 7, 14, 21 • April 4, 11

Pre-registration required—lab fee $5; sign-up in the OLLI office; limit 20 students

Far back in time, scientific knowledge was simpler and often available to the everyday man and woman. Common events were explained (often not scientifically) in terms that were easily understood. Most of the current complexity in science came much later, but this modern storehouse of scientific knowledge was built upon a thousand years of simpler explanations. For those who would like to understand how scientific minds have analyzed the world around us, surveying the history of science is a good starting point. Understanding scientific analysis is easy enough for some of the more obvious events and phenomena, but it takes some simple experimenting to grasp the true nature of the scientific world-view. For that reason, every lecture topic will have an accompanying lab.

Instructor/Coordinator: Byron Yates