Physics Talks

Past Talks

The View from the Center of the Universe The View from the Center of the Universe
Joel R Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams
Monday, April 14, 2008
May Hall/ St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis, MO

Science is establishing the first well-tested cosmology in the history of humankind. This lecture includes beautiful new astronomical videos. It shows how to visualize the universe's key characteristics symbolically, illustrating the astonishing fact that we intelligent beings are turning out to be cosmically central or special based on fundamental principles of physics and astronomy. Becoming aware of our special place in the cosmos opens a sweeping new perspective on what we truly may be as humans and what we can do to resolve our personal and global challenges.

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Diandra Leslie-PeleckyBuilt for Speed: NASCAR Physics with Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
Monday, April 16, 2007
  Jacksonville, FL

From behind the scenes at top racing shops to the asphalt at the Texas Motor Speedway, Professor Diandra Leslie- Pelecky has been on a quest to uncover the science behind the sport. Join her for a night of high speed fun and learn the science behind building for speed.

Diandra Leslie- Pelecky earned her PhD from Michigan State University and joined the physics faculty at the University of Nebraska in 1994. Her academic research focuses on magnetic nanomaterials with potential applications in improving MRI technology and cancer diagnosis. She is very involved with science education and public outreach and is currently writing a book on the Physics of NASCAR.

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Tim Gay Thursday Night Football with Tim Gay
Thursday, March 8, 2007
  Denver, CO

From 1999 until 2004, Tim Gay, Professor of Physics at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, taught the largest physics class in the world – the 78,000 fans that attended the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers home football games in Memorial Stadium. In addition to enlightening football fans with his lectures and book, The Physics of Football , Gay studies polarized electrons, teaches college physics, and recently starred as rocker Tommy Lee's advisor in the reality TV show Tommy Lee Goes to College.

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Lisa RandallAn Evening of Cosmology and String Theory
  Lisa Randall
  Monday, April 24, 2006
  Dallas, Texas

Lisa Randall is a leading theoretical physicist and expert on particle physics, string theory and cosmology. Her work has attracted enormous interest and is among the most cited in all of science. She is a professor of physics at Harvard University and author of Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions.

Lawrence KraussEinstein's Biggest Blunder: a Cosmic Mystery Story
  Lawrence Krauss
  Monday, April 18, 2005
  Tampa, FL

Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known physicist with wide research interests, including the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe. Krauss is the author of The Physics of Star Trek, among other books.

John Bahcall How Does the Sun Shine?
  John Bahcall
  Saturday, May 1, 2004
  Denver, CO

Dr. John N. Bahcall is one of the world's most distinguished astrophysicists. He is an expert on an elusive form of radiation known as neutrinos, which have the potential to map the heavens in a new and unique way. His work has included studies of solar models, neutrino oscillations, nuclear fusion reactions, and, most particularly, neutrinos from the sun.

(Editor's note: John Bahcall passed away on August 17, 2005.)