Cafe Sci

Fractals – Nature’s Beauty Hidden in Simple Mathematics

NB: Autumn 2018 season begins with Fractals, with Tariq Rashid, on October 17th, 7.45pm, at the Poly. But this is just the first in a whole season of Café Scientifique talks given. For the full programme, see the Falmouth Café Sci website.

October 17th 2018

7.45pm, in the Library Room at The Poly, Falmouth

For our first talk of the Autumn season we will be joined by Tariq Rashid. Nature has some of the most beautiful forms and intricate patterns – from the intriguing self-similarity of the humble cauliflower, to the impressive branching of lightning, from the gentle fluffiness of clouds to the architecture of the human vascular system.

It might surprise you that mathematics, even simple school mathematics, contains within it similar intricate forms, from regular self-similar to the hauntingly beautiful Mandelbrot forms.

In this talk, we’ll take a tour of these patterns, and see how even simple mathematics can craft intricate and even organic infinitely-detailed forms. Tariq Rashid runs the Algorithmic Art group; he has established a children’s code club (the coderdojo); and has just launched Data Science Cornwall for professionals and individuals interested in machine learning, data mining and artificial intelligence.

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Strange new worlds: Planets beyond our solar system

28 September 2017

7.45 pm at The Poly, Falmouth

Elisabeth Matthews of Exeter University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will be describing some of the latest discoveries about the extraordinary worlds of planets outside our own solar system; and the new technologies that are allowing us to explore them.

This is part of our Cafe Sci series. For more about Cafe Scientifique, see the Cafe Sci website.

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Lithium mining in Cornwall

20 September June 2017

7.45 pm at The Poly, Falmouth

Jeremy Wrathall of Cornish Lithium will be discussing plans to explore mining for this extraordinarily metal. Jeremy’s talk will address many aspects of mining, from geology to economics to the acquisition of mining rights, where the company is breaking new ground. Cornwall is one of the few places where lithium can be found and extracted. Find out more about it and its uses in this talk.

Please note: as we anticipate high numbers for this talk, unusually for us, this event will be by ticket only. Tickets obtainable from the Poly box office, via the website or by phone.

This is part of our Cafe Sci series. For more about Cafe Scientifique, see the Cafe Sci website.

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Can we make history a scientific discipline?

21 June 2017

7.30 pm at The Poly, Falmouth

Here Tom Currie, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Evolution at the University of Exeter, will argue that the same kind of comparative techniques routinely used in the natural sciences can be employed to tackle questions relating to human history. In this talk Tom will explain new research that shows how evolutionary theory & big data can help build bridges between different disciplines and uncover the patterns of human history and the processes that have shaped the world we live in today.

This is part of our Cafe Sci series. For more about Cafe Scientifique, see the Cafe Sci website.

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The extraordinary life of John of Trevisa

24 May 2017

7.30 pm at The Poly, Falmouth

Join us on a detective adventure as we journey back in time to uncover the life of John of Trevisa. Sifting fact, fiction and faction, Robin Johnson will be outlining what is known, and what can only be glimpsed, of the life of the Cornish scholar and rebel who is the founder of much of the vocabulary of science.

This is part of our Cafe Sci series. For more about Cafe Scientifique, see the Cafe Sci website.

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Energy Democracy – how can we achieve it?

19 April 2017

7.45 pm at The Poly, Falmouth

Currently 98% of what we spend on energy leaves Cornwall: and 15% of households live in fuel poverty. Yet we could be generating, owning and using our energy locally to reduce bills. Renewables present the perfect opportunity for citizens to own and manage the sources of their energy and revitalise their communities.

What does it mean to democratise our energy, why should we be pushing for it and what can we learn from other nations? Members of the Fal Energy Partnership will be discussing these questions and presenting their plans for our area.

This is part of our Cafe Sci series. For more about Cafe Scientifique, see the Cafe Sci website.

Step into Science

A guided walk through Kennall Vale

19 March 2017

10:30 at Kennall Vale reserve, Ponsanooth

The first in our series of science-themed guided walks! We will be visiting Kennall Vale woodland in Ponsanooth for a 1 to 1.5 hour walk, beginning at 10:30. Our leaders have a wonderful range of expertise, so it promises to be a fascinating ramble, and the forecast suggests it will be dry at least, so would be great to see as many as possible of you there. The walk is free to attend, but we there will be a voluntary collection to make a contribution towards our leader’s costs.