Science Conversations



9:30 am-11:00 am


6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25

Four Sessions

This course will be offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

Join us to discuss science news appearing in the Tuesday “Science Times” section of The New York Times, plus magazines and journals. Moderators for the sessions will encourage a vigorous give-and-take. Student suggestions for discussion topics and additional readings are welcomed.

Peter Bluhm, Moderator, J.D., Albany Law School; held a variety of positions in Vermont state government; retired President of Berkshire Telecommunications Consulting; past President of OLLI at BCC.

Anthony Segal, Moderator, M.D., Cambridge University; Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons; 30 years of neurosurgery in Memphis, Tenn.; currently chair of OLLI Science Subcommittee.

Course Readings for June 4:

Week 1A - The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them.pdf

Week 1B - Einstein’s two mistakes.pdf

Course Readings for June 11:

Week 2A - Common-sense-comes-to-computers.pdf

Week 2B - New planet forms.pdf

Course Readings for June 18:

Week 3 - What Goes On In a Proton_ Quark Math Still Conflicts With Experiments. _ Quanta Magazine.pdf

Course Readings for June 25:

Week 4 - Symbolic Mathematics Finally Yields to Neural Networks _ Quanta Magazine.pdf

Week 4B - Seeking Dark Matter, They Detected Another Mystery - The New York Times.pdf

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