“Earth: Between Science and Culture”

 TREVELYAN COLLEGE

 Talk by

 DR FAWAZ AL-AZKI

Visiting Fellow

in the Department of Earth Sciences

Geology is the science of earth. rock is the basic unit in the structure of the earth’s crust, and culture is the collection of knowledge and cultural creations of the human mind. Between the origin of the universe (17 milliard years ago) and the emergence of the Earth (4 milliard years ago) there is 13 milliard years. Between the origin of the Earth and the emergence of the first life on Earth (since the role of the Cambrian 600 million years) there is 3.5 milliard years. And between the emergence of the first life on Earth and the emergence of human (since 5 million years) there is 595 million years. The emergence of human on the surface of the land formed a frontier between the natural sciences (the representative of biology, geology) and social sciences (the representative of archaeology, history sciences). The fossil aspects were adopted to study the ancestors of humans, such as skulls, bones and teeth. However, these are very rare. While, the cultural aspects are more prevalent such as stone tools, because they are more resistant to corrosion (weathering and erosion).

 Thursday 3 December 2015

at 5.00pm in the Trevelyan College Bar