Scientific Ideas in 19th Century Europe

  • February 17, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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After having a lively discussion about the European Revolutions of the 19th
century, the group has decided to remain in this fascinating time period for a
while longer. But this time, instead of talking about wars and revolutions and
changes in government, we’ll talk about science and the amazing progress made
between 1800 and 1900.

Amazing insights such as the discovery of the cell as a building block of all living
things, the discovery of germs as a cause of infectious disease, the advances n
thermodynamics and many other discoveries changed our understanding of the
world and our place in relation to it.

While we’re at it, we can revisit our old friend Darwin and examine take how his
ideas about evolution changed people’s view of themselves as animal rather than
spiritual beings.

We keep the same rules as always: Don’t speak over one another, stick to the
topic and please don’t talk about sports or celebrities! Also, please bring a snack
to share. (Fruits, veggies and other healthy snacks are especially appreciated).
Finally, kindly put $2 in the donation can to cover the cost of running this group.

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  • jackie g.

    It was a very interesting discussion. I came away with some new things to think about regarding that period in history.

    February 18, 2013

  • Gary H

    Good. It's great to be around well informed people on this topic.

    February 18, 2013

  • Gary H

    I love this series originally from Great Britain that played on PBS. James Burke is a popularizer but I see no shame in that indeed I think it's admirable. He covers the history of technology and some of the impact on society. - Gary example:
    James Burke Connections #1 - The Trigger Effect ...
    "The Trigger Effect" details the world's present dependence on complex technological networks through a ...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgOp-nz3lHg sorry, I didn't post this earlier, I've been busy. - Gary

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • jackie g.

    The second person may or may not be coming. I wanted to reserve the spot in case she says yes. I will be seeing her tonight.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Art & Science, nice

    February 13, 2013

  • Mein V.

    Will try to attend...I may have to work.

    February 11, 2013

  • Elan

    Looking forward to talking about some of my favorite scientists! I highly recommend the Teaching Co.'s course on 18th and 19th century science by Frederick Gregory for this.

    February 7, 2013

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