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Sam Kean - The Periodic Table: A Treasure Trove of Passion, Adventure, Betrayal, and Obsession

Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? How did radium nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 4 Months ago 7 views 0  

John Baez - Mathematical Mysteries of the Periodic Table

Why do atoms behave the way they do? Why do electrons form “shells,” as seen in the periodic table? Why does the first shell hold 2 electrons, the second 8, and the third 18: twice the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 5 Months ago 10 views 0  

Michael A. Filler - Celebrating Silicon: Its Success, Hidden History, and Next Act

The history of silicon is usually told as a history of electronic materials and devices. However, it is better told as a history of manufacturing innovation. This talk will take a journey through the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 6 Months ago 14 views 0  

How the Universe Made the Elements in the Periodic Table - James Sowell

The creation of the elements in the universe took billions of years and required various processes.The first few minutes of the big bang produced only hydrogen (H) and helium (He). No new elements…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 7 Months ago 27 views 0  

Jennifer Curtis, Chandra Raman, Rick Trebino - Celebration of 2018 Physics Nobel Prize: Lighting the way with microscopic tractor beams and sculpted laser pulse

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes two breakthrough inventions in laser physics. The first, optical tweezers, allows scientist and engineers to use lasers like the tractor beams of Star Trek…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 10 Months ago 12 views 0  

Elisabetta Matsumoto - Non-Euclidean Virtual Reality

The 2016 confirmation of Einstein's prediction of gravitational waves has put the spotlight back on the importance of curvature for the physics of the universe. While the ability of mass to…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 10 Months ago 10 views 0  

Seth Shostak - When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do?

Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company. Could all this mean…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 11 Months ago 18 views 0  

Computer Science in Six-Tenths of a Second: What Happens After Hitting ENTER in a Google Search - Lance Fortnow

What is computer science? Ask Google or Alexa, and you'll get an answer like "the study of the principles and use of computers." That doesn't really capture the breadth of the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello A year ago 14 views 0  

In Conversation with Ernő Rubik - Ernő Rubik

In a rare public appearance, Ernő Rubik will give a public lecture, discussing a wide range of topics including design and architecture, the role of curiosity in the human condition, and his…

From  Kathryn Gentilello A year ago 32 views 0  

Sex, Flies and Video: Communicating Science to the Public in Words and Images - James Gorman

Scientists and journalists have similar, but not identical interests in getting information about their work to the public in an appealing, but accurate way. James Gorman will draw on his experience…

From  Kathryn Gentilello A year ago 58 views 0  

Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817: A Multi-sensory Experience of the Universe - Laura Cadonati, Nepomuk Otte, Ignacio Taboada

August 17, 2017, is a milestone date for astrophysics. For the first time, the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave observatories detected signals from the collision of two neutron stars. The powerful…

From  Kathryn Gentilello A year ago 14 views 0  

Will Evolution and Information Theory Provide The Fundamentals Of Physics? - S. James Gates, Jr.

This presentation will describe an arc in the mathematical/theoretical physics research of the presenter that has traversed concept spaces from equations, to graphical imagery, to coding theory…

From  Kathryn Gentilello A year ago 73 views 0  

Einstein's Cosmos and the Quantum: Origin of Space, Time, and Large-Scale Structure of the Universe - Abhay Ashtekar

For over two millennia, civilizations have pondered over the questions of cosmogenesis. But serious attempts to address them began only with Einstein's discovery of general relativity a century…

From  Kathryn Gentilello A year ago 32 views 0  

The Ig Nobel Prizes and Improbable Research - Marc Abrahams

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK. Ten new prizes have been awarded every year since 1991, in gala ceremonies at Harvard and MIT, with winners traveling from…

From  Kathryn Gentilello A year ago 12 views 0