Search for tag: "physics"

Andrew Zangwill - A Mind Over Matter: the Life and Science of Philip Anderson

Dr. Zangwill presents a biographical survey of the life and science of Nobel Laureate Philip W. Anderson, arguably the most productive and influential theoretical physicist of the second half of the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 15th, 2020 4 plays 0  

James Sethna - Sloppy models, differential geometry, and why science works

Models of systems biology, climate change, ecology, complex instruments, and macroeconomics have parameters that are hard or impossible to measure directly. If we fit these unknown parameters,…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 4th, 2020 1 plays 0  

Aomawa L. Shields - Recipe for a Habitable Planet

The discovery of numerous small exoplanets has brought the search for life beyond the Solar System into sharp focus on many potentially habitable worlds where life may exist. However, many factors…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 23rd, 2020 0 plays 0  

Philip Kim - Stacking atomic layers: quest for new materials and physics

Modern electronics heavily rely on the technology to confine electrons in the interface layers of semiconductors. In recent years, scientists discovered that various atomically thin van der Waals…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 18th, 2020 3 plays 0  

Taekjip Ha - Revisiting and Repurposing the Double Helix

DNA is an iconic molecule that forms a double helical structure, providing the basis for genetic inheritance, and its physical properties have been studied for decades. In this talk, I will present…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 2nd, 2020 12 plays 0  

Professor Debate on the Topic - Do We Live In a Simulation?

Do we live in a simulation? The School of Physics and the Society of Physics Students will host a public debate between faculty from the College of Science and the College of Computing to answer…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 20th, 2019 153 plays 0  

John Wise, Gongjie Li - Cosmology and Exoplanets: Unpacking the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics

Cosmology studies the universe at the largest scales, applying the laws of physics over billions of light years and all the way back to the universe's infancy. In dozens of groundbreaking…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 7th, 2019 38 plays 0  

David Hu - Cube-Shaped Poo and Georgia Tech's Second Ig Nobel Prize

How does a wombat produce cube-shaped feces? How long does it take an elephant to urinate? Answering these two questions have landed David Hu two Ig Nobel Prizes, awards given at Harvard University…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 25th, 2019 42 plays 0  

John Preskill - Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier

The quantum laws governing atoms and other tiny objects seem to defy common sense, and information encoded in quantum systems has weird properties that baffle our feeble human minds. John Preskill…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 24th, 2019 52 plays 0  

Konstantin Batygin - Planet Nine From Outer Space

At the outskirts of the solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune, lies an expansive field of icy debris known as the Kuiper belt. The orbits of the individual asteroid-like bodies within the Kuiper…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 16th, 2019 39 plays 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 on April 15th, 2019 14 plays 0  

Michael Lemonick - How a Failed Astrophysics Major Became a Successful Science Writer

I knew from the time I was a very young child that I wanted to be an astronomer. The dream lasted until I got to college, where I learned to my dismay that I actually had no passion for doing what an…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on March 18th, 2019 35 plays 0  

Zeb Rocklin - The Science of Origami

What kinds of shapes can you make by folding a sheet of paper? How strong can you make them, or how flexible? Although we've been folding paper for centuries, we're still discovering…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on February 28th, 2019 65 plays 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 on February 13th, 2019 51 plays 0  

Michael F. Schatz - Forecasting Turbulence

Fluid turbulence is one of the greatest unsolved problems of classical physics (and the subject of a million dollar mathematical (Millenium) challenge). Centuries of research--including Leonardo da…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on December 3rd, 2018 34 plays 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 on November 7th, 2018 15 plays 0