Everything you know is…wrong! Great leaps in scientific thought

Bob McDonald, award-winning science journalist and host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks presented an historical look at science through the eyes of those who changed our view of the universe as well as our place in it. The presentation was in honour of the year of Darwin.

What can the evolution of scientific ideas tell us about our current understanding of science and the world around us?

From the Ancient Greeks who first measured the size of the Earth, through Galileo’s view through the telescope, Darwin’s perspective on life through time and many others, we, as humans, have found time and again that we’re not as smart as we thought we were. 

 Today, we still find ourselves shrouded in ignorance as we search for dark matter, dark energy and other mysterious material that makes up most of the universe.

 McDonald is the recipient of many awards, including the Canadian Science Writers, Columbus International Film Festival and has been honoured by the Ontario Association of Environmental Educators.

Based on his work in the field, McDonald has received the triple crown of Canadian science medals: the Michael Smith Medal for Science Communication from the National Research Council, the Sir Sanford Fleming Medal for science promotion from the Royal Canadian Institute and the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada.

He is the recipient of four honorary doctorates from the University of Guelph, Carleton University, Laurentian University and McMaster University. McDonald was also the recipient of a 2008 Gemini Award for Best Host in a Pre-School, Children’s or Youth Program or Series.

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