The Brains Behind Scientific Revolutions

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Monday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
In-person **NEW**

The ways we interpret the physical universe and its actions has changed significantly throughout the ages. We no longer consider the ‘Four Elements of Matter’ or the ‘Humours of Living Organisms’ to be a sufficient explanation of how things are. In this workshop we will investigate the people behind the changing theories and their motivations from earliest astronomy to the state of science we have today.

Workshop participants will be expected to research this development and make a short (approximately 30 minute) presentation to the group. More information and suggested topics will be posted to the Workshop notes.


Peter Steiner ( has been an Academy member since retiring from teaching physics and chemistry. He has co-facilitated a number of workshops mostly focussed on history and technology.

Pat Cross ( leant toward science and engineering from childhood. She was a reliability engineer and then (first) Software Quality Manager at Spar Aerospace, with the robot arms on the Space Shuttle and the Space Station. With Academy since 2008, she has developed an interest in history and politics.

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