4.1 Overview

For a small country whose population has never been much in excess of five million, Scotland seems to have more than its fair share of famous men and women. Native Scots or those descended directly from them have been the recipients of some 11 per cent of all the Nobel Prizes that have been awarded.

In this section of the OpenLearn Scotland collection, we look in detail at the lives and work of four great Scots: John Napier, James Clerk Maxwell, Robert Owen and David Hume.

 


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Why Do I Need to Wear a Bicycle Helmet?
Lesson ObjectiveCreate a key experience for a unit on Newton’s Laws.  Questions to ConsiderSee how a physics demonstration shows kids why they need to wear a helmetHow does Mr. Rettberg use the demonstration as a touchstone experience?How does Mr. Rettberg reinforce difficult concepts and vocabulary?Support Materials BelowLesson Plan and Word Wall
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One of the first sights encountered by visitors to Buddhist temples is a large painting of the wheel of rebirth, depicting in horrific detail the pains (less often the pleasures) that await people after death. In this illustrated talk, Stephen F. Teiser explains how these representations of the Buddhist worldview have been imagined in Buddhist art over the centuries. The lecture offers an introduction to Buddhist cosmology, Buddhist art, and the spatial and ritual organization of Buddhist te
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5.3 Settlement, deforestation and endangered species

Box 4: Some indicators of New Zealand's environment*

The proportion of New Zealand converted to farmland is large by world standards (52 percent compared to the world's 37 percent in 1993). Although our human population density is comparatively low (13 people for each square kilomet
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Disruption Ahead: What MOOCs Will Mean for MBA Programs
New Wharton research examines the impact that massive open online courses (MOOCs) will have on business schools and MBA programs.
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Edmund Phelps, "Mass Flourishing" | Talks at Google
Nobel Laureate, Dr. Phelps, visits Google to talk about his new book "Mass Flourishing." In this book, he draws on a lifetime of thinking to make a sweeping new argument about what makes nations prosper--and why the sources of that prosperity are under threat today. Why did prosperity explode in some nations between the 1820s and 1960s, creating not just unprecedented material wealth but "flourishing"--meaningful work, self-expression, and personal growth for more people than ever before?
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Rossiiskie elektronnye biblioteki is a portal for Russian digital libraries, which publishes the Russian Digital Libraries Journal and promotes collaboration on issues of standards and technology. A bilingual inventory of Russian digital libraries is especially useful, and can be browsed by: subject area (e.g. education or arts and culture); type of resource (e.g. video, geodata, full-text); creator organisation; status (completed or in progress) amongst others. Some areas of the site do not se
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Dickinson students are encouraged to be actively engaged with the wider world and challenged to think differently and act boldly. We produce critical thinkers who see how everything is connected. Graduates forever ready to make a difference. This is how we've taught successful graduates of all kinds, from lawyers to researchers to writers to CEOs. Dickinson's brand of liberal arts has been around for more than 200 years for one reason—it works. Voices in video: Nancy Roseman, president Margo
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UW Professor Richard Anderson is completing a year's sabbatical at PATH, working on computing projects tied to PATH's core mission of improving global health. This discussion focuses on computing solutions to challenges in global health. Projects include: building and deploying a modeling application for vaccine refrigeration capacity; requirements analysis for TB case detection and surveillance reporting in Tanzania; and analyzing communication needs and deploying clinical devices for monitorin
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International association for Ladakh studies
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The entry point to an extensive site concerning the nervous system and neuroscience. The site includes descriptive materials, experiments, activities, links to articles, resources for teaching neuroscience, and a listing of Internet resources related to the neurosciences.
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4.1 Earthquake intensity

Why are some earthquakes more destructive than others? There are three main reasons: location (an earthquake with a focus under an ocean at a large distance from land, for example, is not usually destructive, unless it generates a tsunami), depth (shallower earthquakes can be more devastating), but, most importantly, the size of the earthquake.

A straightforward way to measure the size of an earthquake is to look at the damage it caused. This is a measure of the strength of the g
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3.1 Introduction

In 2000, the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology produced an influential report that highlighted the complex and increasingly problematic relationship between contemporary science and society, particularly in the field of biotechnology (House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, 2000). The report argued that many of these concerns were seen by the public to be the result of a perceived lack of transparency in the relationship between science, industry, pu
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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • appreciate the characteristics of consultancy when viewed as a service offered for sale

  • as client, identify suitable contexts for using consultants

  • as client, identify, gather information on, and evaluate the suitability of competing consultants.


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Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Hinda Tasman
For more Information: http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/remembrance/2014/torchlighters.asp Hinda Tasman (née Nachamchik) was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1929, the middle of seven siblings. Her father Eli owned a bakery and worked as a builder and metalworker. Her mother Taybe (Tova) ran the small family farm, and on market days sold fruit, eggs and milk. In July 1941, after Germany invaded the Soviet Union, the Jews of Minsk were incarcerated in a ghetto. Almost every night Germans entered the ghet
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Important progress towards the development of a system that enables multi-criteria design optimisation has recently been demonstrated during a research collaboration between Autodesk?s DesignScript development team, the University of Bath and the engineering consultancy Buro Happold. This involved integrating aspects of the Robot Structural Analysis application, aspects of the Ecotect building performance application and a specialist form finding solver called SMART Form (developed by Buro Happo
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21G.735 Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film: The Films of Luis Buñuel (MIT)
This course considers films spanning the entire career of pioneering Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel (1900–1983), from his silent surrealist classic of 1929, Un perro andaluz, to his last film, Ese oscuro objeto del deseo (1977). We pay special attention to his Mexican period, in exile, and the films he made in, and about, Spain, including his work in documentary. It explores Buñuel's early friendship with painter Salvador Dalí and poet Federico García Lorca, surrealist aesthetics, the i
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Fashion forward in Argentina
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1.1 The videos: religion in Liverpool

The following clips take a look at religion in Liverpool. You will hear people with different beliefs speaking for themselves. This will provide you with the ‘raw data’ of religion as lived.

The clips are intended to provoke reflection and discussion, including disagreement, about the topic of religion.

At its simplest level the video clips provide descriptive insights into the beliefs and practices of a range of communities in the city of Liverpool. It thus provides a visual
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