Professor Wands on the ‘Dynamic Cosmos’

This term has seen the start of a new series of weekly Friday sixth form lectures. Starting us off was the Director of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, Professor David Wands. Attempting to enrich the minds of 16-18 year old students immediately after lunch on a Friday was a challenge that he successfully overcame with his talk on the ‘Dynamic Cosmos’. Professor Wands described the physics of the very early universe and the origin of structure in our Universe. The talk included some spectacular graphics and the audience was left with the knowledge that not only are we spinning and travelling vast distances every second, but also that we are a very small speck in the universal scheme. His depiction of the thousands of galaxies in the universe left me remarkably more curious about a topic that I never thought would fall in my interest. The bar has definitely been set high for the string of lectures to come.

By Thalia Chin, 6.2


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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