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AQA AS/ A’ Level: Science in Society

This gallery-taught session focuses on the historic transformations in mankind’s understanding of the universe. By exploring a range of objects and books from the collections of the Whipple Museum and Whipple Library, students will learn about how ideas of the earth and its place in the solar system and our galaxy have changed over time, and how these transformations have been affected by new technologies, new theories, and wider social concerns. By looking at examples of conflict and consensus in the astronomical community, the session will also explore how issues of classification impact our still-developing understanding of the Universe.

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As part of their visit, students will be able to speak with members of the Department History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge to hear about current scholarly research. This offer is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Thinking of extending your visit? Our School Liaison Officers at the University of Cambridge offer an insight into University life though College Tours. Please see the area links page for more information.