Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues and promoting public engagement with science. Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know".
Meetings generally start with a short talk from the speaker, who is usually a scientist or a writer on science, followed by a short break for drinks. This is followed by a session of about an hour for questions and answers and general discussion. Cafés are free although a voluntary contribution may be asked for to cover any expenses. (It does not pay fees to a speaker).
Meetings take place once a month on the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 7.30pm.
Venue for Café Scientifique is the Conference Room at Hope Street Hotel.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, 20th November, 2013, 7.30pm
Place: The Conference Room, Hope Street Hotel
Title: Isaac Newton and the electrical force
Speaker: Dr. Peter Rowlands null Physics Department, University Of Liverpool
This is the story of a little-known aspect of Newton’s work. After gravity, the electrical force is the one responsible for all the phenomena that are most familiar to us on Earth, including the whole of chemistry and biology. Discoveries about electricity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have led to nearly all of modern technology. In the seventeenth century, however, the only thing known about electricity was that pieces of amber and a few other substances when rubbed vigorously were able to attract pieces of paper and other small objects. This was Newton’s starting-point. So, with his uniquely powerful scientific imagination, and mathematical and experimental skill, what did he make of it?
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