ST01    Introduction to Cryptography - Michael Smith

Methodist Mission
Thursday - 2.00 - 4.00

The course will cover the development of secret communication from the earliest use of ciphers to contemporary public key systems. Particular attention would be paid to the use of mechanical and electromechanical devices such as the Enigma. There would be the opportunity to study the working and operation of a wide range of twentieth century cipher machines and devices from the extensive collection of the lecturer. The use of non-secret coding as a means of efficient, error resistant communication would also be included. Basic mathematical knowledge would be expected but nothing too advanced.

ST02    Evolutionary Psychology - Jeff Carr

Jubilee Centre
Wednesday - 2.15 - 4.00

The evolution of the human mind. We shall look at ways in which the idea of evolution has changed the outlook on human nature, the effects of nature and nurture and the principles of evolutionary psychology. No previous knowledge required.

ST03    A Gentle Look at Mathematical Proof - Michael Smith

Jubilee Centre
Friday - 2.00 - 4.00

Proof is the bedrock of the mathematical method and sets the subject aside from other academic disciplines. The course will look at different techniques of proof, such as those involving geometric axions and algebraic manipulation. Examples will be taken from the entire historical development of mathematics and will include results which have practical importance as well as those of aesthetic beauty. Basic mathematical knowledge will be assumed but the pace will be gentle and nothing too demanding will be involved.

ST04    A Miscellany of Plants and Fungi - David Barker.

Friends Meeting House
Tuesday - 10.00 - 12.00

This class is pitched at those with little knowledge of the subject. It is not a formal Botany course nor a course on gardening, but rather aims to provide a brief overview of some aspects of the plant and fungal kingdoms. A selection of linked themes will forn the basis of the meetings. Fortnightly classes will take place on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. On some  non class days we will hold visits. Please note, advice on the edibility of fungus cannot be given.

Contact Details

Aspin House
Block B
Station Road
Tel:  01484 308482