Teaching Science in London

April 1, 2011

We have an off-campus study program in London each spring, popular with both students and faculty.  Generally the faculty leaders come from the Humanities and Social Sciences, but this semester it’s being led by Charlie Peck, a computer scientist.  I’m enjoying the glimpses that are coming back of learning (and teaching) science in London.

For example one of our student bloggers, Spencer Smith, writes about going to the Royal Society for the Bakerian Prize Lecture.  It was given this year by Professor Herbert Huppert, Director of the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics at the University of Cambridge.  The lecture was entitled, “Carbon storage: caught between a rock and climate change.”

Charlie writes in an e-mail, “I can’t tell you how absolutely great it is to teach science, writ large, in London/England to a bunch of very curious liberal arts students.  When we covered evolution I was able to just walk them down the street to the Natural History Museum and show them the very fossils that Darwin collected and studied.  Now that we’re studying computer science on Saturday we’re going to Bletchley Park, home of the group that broke the Enigma code and ultimately developed much of the theoretical and technical underpinnings of the discipline.”

Wish I were there.


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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