Only a heartless curmudgeon would analyze Star Wars: The Force Awakens for its science mistakes. But only a very special Caltech PhD astrophysicist (who makes an honest living hunting for ET!) could help us to enjoy and understand the science beneath the Star Wars world. Kindly check your light saber at the door, and join the SETI Institute’s Dr. Seth Shostak as he explores—with great humor and insight—everything from Mos Eisley cantina diversity to the jump to light speed. As The Force awakens, so will our appreciation of science.
- WHAT: The Science of Star Wars
- WHO: Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer & Director, Center for SETI Research
- WHEN: 7:00 PM, Wednesday, December 16, 2015
- WHERE: SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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- WHY: Because we’re curious creatures.
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The evening will begin with a lecture and slide presentation by UC Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer. Then Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer, will lead the audience in a brief tour of the night sky. Finally, all attendees are invited to walk to a nearby site where the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will make their telescopes available for public deep-sky observing.
If cloudy, lecture still happens. If raining, full event is cancelled. For weather info, call 949-391-3604.
Dan Werthhimer is principal investigator of SETI@home and several radio and optical SETI programs at the University of California, Berkeley. Werthimer also directs the Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER), and is associate director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). Werthimer was associate professor in the engineering and physics departments of San Francisco State University and a visiting professor at Beijing Normal University, the University of St. Charles in Marseille, and Eotvos University in Budapest. He has taught at universities in Peru, Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya. Werthimer is co-author of “SETI 2020″, editor of “BioAstronomy: Molecules, Microbes and Extraterrestrial Life” and “Astronomical and Biochemical Origins and the Search for Life in the Universe”.
- TITLE: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? The Search for ET with help from Eight Million Volunteers
- SPEAKER: Dan Werthimer, principal investigator, SETI@home, UC Berkeley
- WHEN: 7:30 PM, Saturday, November 2, 2013
- WHERE: Cushing Amphitheater, Ridgecrest Blvd., Mount Tamalpais State Park, CA 94941
- HOW: Presented in cooperation with Mount Tamalpais State Park, Friends of Mount Tam, Mount Tam Astronomy Program, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, The Urban Astronomer
- WHY: Because we’re curious creatures
- ADMISSION: FREE!
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Actors meet scientists! See what happens when experts in comedy improvisation glorify, qualify, and versify the science insights of earnest PhD students (Wonderfest’s Science Envoys)… Laughter joins learning to capture your imagination.
- TITLE: Science Improv Blitz
- SPEAKER: Wonderfest Science Envoys and Improv Comedians
- WHEN: 7:00 PM, Friday, November 1, 2013
- WHERE: StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
- HOW: Presented as a public service by Wonderfest, the Bay Area Beacon of Science, and the Bay Area Science Festival
- ADMISSION: FREE!
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Wonderfest-hosted Bay Area Science Festival events. However, there are many more events going on between Oct 24 and Nov 2. Find out more at BayAreaScience.org.
- WATCH: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? The evening will begin with a lecture and slide presentation by UC Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer. Then Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer, will lead the audience in a brief tour of the night sky. Finally, all attendees are invited to walk to a nearby site where the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will make their telescopes available for public deep-sky observing.
- Watch: Science-Comedy Improv Blitz Actors meet scientists! See what happens when experts in comedy improvisation glorify, qualify, and versify the science insights of earnest PhD students (Wonderfest’s Science Envoys)… Laughter joins learning to capture your imagination.
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