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7th January 2019 – The Antikythera Mechanism

For our first talk of the new year, Maurice Rushby, a retired chemical engineer with a strong interest in mathematics, will talk about the Antikythera Mechanism, which is (quoting directly from Wikipedia): “an ancient Greek analogue computer and orrery used to … Continue reading

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3rd December 2018 – It’s About Time

Because of work commitments, our speaker originally scheduled for December has had to reschedule (to March 2109), but we are very fortunate to have been able to find an excellent replacement in Ian Morison, Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy, who is … Continue reading

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2nd July 2018 – The Size of Space

Just How Do Astronomers Measure Distances? William Stewart, who is a founder member of South Cheshire Astronomical Society, will give this talk, in which he will explain how astronomers (from the ancients to modern man) measure distances within and beyond … Continue reading

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4th June 2018 – The Manchester Egyptian Mummy Project

What can Ancient Egyptian Mummies do for Modern Medicine? Professor Rosalie David will lead this discussion – this is her resumé of what she will be saying: “In 1973, the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Project was inaugurated at The University of Manchester … Continue reading

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8th January 2018 – Cryptography: past, present and future

UPDATE (Feb 2018): Alan described a way of creating passwords which are (probably) more secure than those most people currently use. Here is a link to a paper Alan wrote last year describing the method: Passwwords. Note that depending on your … Continue reading

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5th March 2013 – Manchester in the Global Industry of Science and Technology

Professor John Pickstone of the University of Manchester recently helped arrange a series of ‘Interfaculty Lectures’ and, with friends in Manchester Metropolitan University and the City, he initiated and organised a major Manchester Histories Festival in March 2009. This proved … Continue reading

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