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THE MATERIAL WORLD
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Thursday 16:30-17:00
Quentin Cooper reports on developments across the sciences. Each week scientists describe their work, conveying the excitement they feel for their research projects.
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Thursday 10 August 2006
Science experiment in a Sussex University laboratory

During August Material World is broadcasting three programmes made in conjunction with the Open University.  For more information about science at the Open University, click here.

In the second of these special programmes Material World heads to Falmer in Sussex - home of Sussex University.  In a programme dedicated to the nature of experimentation, Quentin Cooper asks is it really necessary for a scientific education?  According to Erasmus Darwin's definition ' A fool ... is a man who never tried an experiment in his life.' At Sussex there appears to be some such fools, students who are conducting scientific experiments for the very first time.

The key objective of the Open University Practicing Science Summer School is to introduce those on it to experimentation and the scientific method.  Joining Quentin Cooper are Stephen Webster, lecturer in science communication at Imperial College London; Audrey Brown, one of the Open University group tutors supporting students as they get to grips with working in a laboratory; and George Kemenes, Professor of Neuroscience at Sussex University who specialises in snail experiments that lead to a greater understanding of human neuronal activity.
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