Visit to Oxford’s Science Live

By Oscar Braun-White (Block 4)

Block 4 scientists visited the New Theatre Oxford for five fascinating lectures given by leading scientists. Professor Steve Jones, research geneticist at University College, discussed the balance of nature and nurture, and Dr Andrea Sella, enthusiastically analysed oscillating chemical reaction.

Bedales School

The next speaker, Professor Richard Dawkins, talked on “the magic of reality‟ and of evolution taking us on a timeline back to our earliest ancestors. He celebrated scientific truth and couldn‟t resist an attack on religion and faith. There was a workshop from a chief examiner on examination techniques and Dr Simon Singh explained why the Big Bang Theory has good scientific evidence, Doppler shifted galaxies all flying away and microwave background radiation. The last lecture by Dr Lucie Green, from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, showed us sunspots in visible light, UV and x-rays, and giant explosions of gas clouds from the sun. An exhausting and enriching day!


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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