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A Short Introduction...

Posted: 01 April 2019

A Dummies Guide has nothing on our Very Short Introductions

We don't always have the time in our busy lives to read up on the latest theories and scientific breakthroughs but what if there was an easily digestable introduction to the topics that intrest you most?

The Science Festival is delighted to continue our A Very Short Introduction series in 2019 for audiences who want to learn the basics – quickly! Bringing you five different topics over five days, our Very Short Introductions, presented by Oxford University, are designed to detail the basics, spread the news and explain the facts behind some of today's hot topic issues. Take a look at what's in store this year:

A Very Short Introduction to...Glaciation
Monday 8 April

Vast and majestic, glaciers lock up 10% of the world's freshwater. These great bodies of ice play an important part in the Earth's development, carving landscapes, influencing climate and affecting global sea level. Glacial geomorphologist Prof David Evans considers how glaciers and ice sheets have shaped our planet and the role they play today.

A Very Short Introduction to... Synthetic Biology
Tuesday 9 April

Synthetic biology affects fields of science as diverse as drug manufacture, biofuel production, tackling pollution and medical diagnostics. It may even make it possible for us to create new life from non-living materials. Experimental anatomist Prof Jamie Davies discusses the considerable controversies the opportunities that this fast-growing field of research brings.

A Very Short Introduction to... Depression
Wednesday 10 April

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Mary Jane Tacchi and professor of psychological medicine Jan Scott present a history of depression and bipolar disorder and explain how they are experienced and understood today. They examine the controversies of diagnosis and treatment and discuss how mood disorders can influence creativity.

A Very Short Introduction to... Infinity
Thursday 11 April

Infinity is an intriguing topic, with connections to religion, philosophy, metaphysics, logic and physics as well as mathematics. Cosmologists consider sweeping questions about whether space and time are infinite. Philosophers and mathematicians have posed numerous paradoxes about infinity and infinitesimals. Prof Ian Stewart discusses some of the major problems and insights arising from the concept of infinity.

Learn something new this April at Edinburgh Science Festival.