The full film can be accessed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUj4as55658
One of the great strengths of the Natural Sciences Tripos is that it gives undergraduates a chance to try subjects that they might not have encountered before. Earth Sciences is one of these, with many school pupils having only a peripheral experience of the subject from their geography lessons. We decided to make a film showcasing many of the important themes of Earth Sciences, illustrating the scope and breadth of the subject and its relevance to fundamental problems in physics, chemistry and biology. The film is close to documentary in style, so the viewer comes away not only knowing something of how the Earth works, but also understanding the scientific process used to gain this knowledge. We hope we also manage to put across some of the excitement of doing research in Earth Sciences! The aim is that the film will be watched by all incoming NatSci freshers and, because we were careful not to concentrate too much on Cambridge, more generally by 6th formers who are thinking about what science subjects they might like to study at University.
Cambridge Shorts allows University of Cambridge researchers to work with artists and filmmakers to make films that are creative accessible and engaging. Researchers at an early stage of their career were selected through a competitive application process and funded to commission a filmmaker to make a short film about their research. Films were put together through a process of discussion and exchange of ideas to ensure both the integrity of the research was maintained and that ideas and themes were explored creatively and imaginatively.
Cambridge University's Under the Microscope is a collection of videos that capture glimpses of the natural and man-made world in stunning close-up and convey the excitement of cutting-edge science in areas that range from beetle eyes to killer T-cells, from nano-wires to fish skeletons.