Bringing Science to the everyday world, moving it away from the pedestal of inaccessibility where mass media and public opinion have placed it.
Carrying out a parallel historical follow-up between scientific discoveries and social changes.
Eliminating the incomprehensible separation between 'sciences' and 'letters' which started in the early 20th century and was non-existent in previous centuries.
Simulating simple experiences which once meant true revolutions in human knowledge.
Assessing the attempts, even if they were wrong, made by men of science to explain their physical environment.
Dismantling and clarifying the serious scientific mistakes that are still currently disseminated by the mass media and contribute to popularise and spread ignorance, esotericism and lack of knowledge about the scientific method.
Adjusting scientific breakthroughs, technological development and social events chronologically.
Showing the etymological influence that scientific language exerts on our daily vocabulary.
Assessing the impacts, both positive and negative, that Science has had and still has on our society; war weapons, medicine.
Highlighting the extremely important gene of curiosity, present in our reptile brain, cause and origin of our historical avatar, cause and origin of this subject.
The course takes place in 14 three-hour-long sessions.
Each session is divided in two parts separated by a short break of 10/15 minutes.
The first part will be dedicated to the presentation of the syllabus contents with the help of audiovisuals. The second part will be dedicated to discuss the technique-society relationships in a forum format, to put forward and solve entertainment activities and pastimes with a scientific content (mathematics, geometry, astronomy).
The last session (day 14) will be the Assessment Day, where students will make an oral presentation of a topic of their choice, previously prepared among the syllabus contents.
Incorporating some software into the didactics in order to work with contents included in the syllabus.
We will try to show the contents in a more entertaining way with video projections and Power Point presentations where topics are put forward for the participants to debate.
SYSTEM OF ASSESSMENT
We mainly value attendance to classes and active involvement in the curricular activities.
In the last session, students will present orally a topic of their choice, previously prepared among the syllabus contents.
This test has an orientative nature and is not decisive to establish the APTO mark.
CURIOSITY AS THE ENGINE OF HISTORY. THE ANCIENT WORLD (I)
Stonehenge. Megalithic monuments. Pyramids.
Thales, eclipses. Pythagoras. Zenon, paradoxes. The 'arjé.'
Cosmology in antiquity. Hypparchus, Eratosthenes, Aristarchus.