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February 15, 2016

Origins: Think Universe! The Importance of Science in Modern Culture

Dr Francisco Diego
Report by: Mike Meynell
Dr Francisco Diego

Dr Francisco Diego

A big Flamsteed audience welcomed Dr Francisco Diego back to the society, where he gave a fascinating and thought-provoking lecture about the “Think Universe!” project. “Think Universe!” is an educational project to bring big science to elementary classrooms.

Francisco took us on a journey from the creation of the universe to the present day… using his (now customary!) trick of a washing line to represent the timeline of the universe. It was certainly a good way to engage with the Flamsteed audience, as the timeline was strung up over the heads of attendees!

Francisco explained how the Universe has been developing the complexity and diversity around us today, following his cosmic timeline. He demonstrated this using a metaphorical cosmic forest, where vast numbers of trees of diversity accidentally grow and vanish. He reminded us of the relevant insignificance of the human existence, that has only started as a tiny twig on one of those trees, and urged us all to be kind to one another and preserve the fragile paradise that we call home.

Our thanks to Francisco for coming to the Flamsteed at such short notice to deliver another great lecture.

Here are some pictures from the evening.

Pictures from the Evening (by Mike Meynell):

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