Professor Matthew Cobb

Tuesday, December 4 2012 at 7:30PM

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35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Professor Matthew Cobb

What's the talk about?

Where do babies come from? The amazing story of egg and sperm.

This talk covers 40,000 years of human thinking about where life comes from, focusing on a few years of astonishing discovery in the 17th century when both egg and sperm were discovered, but their roles 
remained completely obscure. Along the way we will meet some weird and wonderful thinkers including the founder of geology who is now on his way to becoming a saint, his insect-obsessed friend who dissected a delirious virgin who had killed herself, and an uncouth Dutch draper who was the executor of Vermeer's will.

Includes handy do-it-yourself experiments, such as 'what happens if a man ejaculates into a glass of