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Festival of Physics Exeter

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10:00 – 16:30 8 Dec 2018
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The Forum, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4SZ

Come and join us for this fascinating and diverse day of Physics talks and workshops at the beginning of December, focused on the topic of time. We have a fun, exciting day planned for anyone with an interest in science. The talks are aimed at over 12s, but some of the workshops are suitable for a younger audience, so feel free to bring the younger ones to the talks as well.

The day is free and refreshments will be provided. There are cafés on site to buy lunch, and there is parking on campus which is free at the weekend.

Travel bursaries are available for schools outside of Exeter; please email Miranda Addey (contact details below) for more information.

Further details will be added over the next few weeks (including a schedule and list of workshops), so please keep checking back for more information.


Contact: Miranda Addey, South West Regional Manager (miranda.addey@iop.org)


Talks

Is time travel possible? by Colin Stuart

You can move through the three dimensions of space in any way you like. But we’re normally restricted to moving one way through time – forwards, at the steady rate of one second per second. However, there is nothing in the laws of physics that forbids time travel. In fact, we’ll meet a man who has done it and lived to tell the tale.

It’s about time: A brief history of the calendar and time keeping by Dr Donna Carroll, Maastricht University

How many times a day do you check your calendar or look at your clock? In this modern age, our lives are driven by deadlines, schedules and timetables. Time and its many divisions (hours, days, weeks, months and years) completely shape our lives and yet it’s rare that we take the time to think about where these concepts arise from. Why are there 24 hours in a day but 60 minutes in an hour? How did the months and days get their names?
The answers to these questions are inextricably linked to the mechanics of our solar system, and the way in which we describe our periods of time have arisen from ancient speculation in astronomy, mathematics and religion.
In this talk, Donna will provide a brief history of our calendar and an introduction to time measurement from ancient sundials to modern atomic clocks. This is a fascinating field where astronomy, astrology, mathematics, physics, politics, agriculture, superstition and religion all come together.

workshops

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3 Minute Wonder

Join us for the South West regional heat of the 3 Minute Wonder competition! 3 Minute Wonder is the IOP's national science communication competition. It challenges researchers in physics or a physics-related field to explain their work to the public in just three minutes.

Organised by: IOP South West Branch

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The Forum, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4SZ
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10:00 – 16:30 8 Dec 2018

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