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The Physics of Baseball — Sept.24

Sep 2, 2014   //   by Tucker   //   2014 Archive, Archives, Events  //  Comments Off

Physics of Baseball

Spring is no longer in the air, and the grass is worn down. But excitement is building as the boys of summer become the play-off boys of October — with the end of the Major League Baseball season. Please join two veteran physics teachers as they explain — and demonstrate — the physical nuances of the game: how a curve ball curves, why a 550-foot homer is so unlikely, how the half-millisecond collision of ball-on-bat is so beautifully complex. From aerodynamics to energy conservation, and from Magnus force to center of percussion, you be the umpire as simple physics illuminates our national pastime.

  • WHAT:  The Physics of Baseball, dialogue and demonstration
  • WHO: Tucker Hiatt, long-time physics teacher, Stanford Visiting Scholar (emeritus!), and Wonderfest Founding Director *AND* Marc “Zeke” Kossover, long-time physics teacher, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow to the National Science Foundation, and Teacher in Residence and Co-Director of the Leadership Program at the Eploratorium
  • WHEN:  7:00 PM, Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  • WHERE:  SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street, San Francisco <http://goo.gl/maps/u6fVu>
  • HOW:  FREE admission, but please register with Eventbrite. Co-produced with Ask a Scientist.
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures.

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Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System — Oct 25

Sep 1, 2014   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off
The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar SystemUsing spectacular images from space probes and the world’s largest telescopes, we will explore the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Among our stops will be the 4,000-mile lava channel on Venus, the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest “lover’s leap” in the solar system), and the recently discovered steam geysers on Saturn’s intriguing moon Enceladus.

After the lecture and slide presentation, Paul Salazar, the Urban Astronomer <http://urbanastronomer.blogspot.com>, will lead us on a laser-guided tour of the night sky. Then, everyone is invited to gaze through the big telescopes of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers http://www.sfaa-astronomy.org.

Our principal speaker, Andrew Fraknoi, is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College. He was named California Professor of the Year in 2007 and has received several other awards for his work in explaining space science. He appears regularly on local and national radio explaining astronomical developments in everyday language. Asteroid 4859 has been named Asteroid Fraknoi by the International Astronomical Union in recognition of his work in science education and outreach.

WHAT:  The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System: Where Bill Gates’ Great-Granddaughter Will Go on Her Honeymoon
WHO:  Andrew Fraknoi, Professor & Chair of Astronomy, Foothill College
WHEN:  7:00pm, Saturday, October 25, 2014
WHERE:  Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Mt. Tamalpais State Park <http://goo.gl/maps/iRRFR>
HOW:  Bring a flashlight, and, just in case, wear warm clothes in layers. If bad weather threatens, call 415-455-5370 after 4pm. This event is presented as part of the Bay Area Science Festival in collaboration with the Mt. Tam Astronomy Program, Friends of Mt. Tam, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, and Mount Tamalpais State Park.
WHY:  
Because we’re curious creatures.
ADMISSION: FREE!  Please register below.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Wonderfest to help us promote the scientific outlook. Even a modest gift will make more events like this possible.

 

Are We Alone in the Cosmos? — Oct 27

Aug 26, 2014   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

Are We Alone in the Cosmos?When science fiction portrays the galaxy as an arena of interstellar commerce and, occasionally, of star wars, could it be accurate? We now know that billions of hospitable, Earth-like planets are sprinkled throughout our Milky Way Galaxy. Yet billions of short-term searches for ET have turned up nothing. Where is everybody?!  Premier planet hunter Geoff Marcy and expert alien detective Dan Werthimer will debate this most fascinating of scientific questions: Are We Alone in the Cosmos?

WHAT:  Are We Alone in the Cosmos?
WHO:  Geoff Marcy, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley, and Dan Werthimer, SETI@home Chief Scientist, UC Berkeley
WHEN:  7:30pm, Monday, October 27, 2014
WHERE:  Thurgood Marshall Auditorium, 45 Conkling Street, San Francisco, CA 94124 <http://goo.gl/maps/TCIRy>
HOW: Presented as part of the Bay Area Science Festival.
WHY:  
Because we’re curious creatures.
ADMISSION: FREE! But please register with Eventbrite here.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Wonderfest to help us promote the scientific outlook. Even a modest gift will make more events like this possible.

Image: “Invasion of the Saucer Men” movie poster, 1957

WATCH: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?

Nov 2, 2013   //   by Eric   //   2013 Archive, Archives, Festival  //  Comments Off

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 WerthimerDan 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!

Please consider making a donation to Wonderfest to help us promote science. Even a modest gift will make more events like this possible.

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Watch: Science-Comedy Improv Blitz

Nov 1, 2013   //   by Eric   //   2013 Archive, Archives, Envoy, Festival  //  Comments Off
 Laughing Chimp

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!

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Wonderfest to help us popularize science. Even a modest gift will make more events like this possible.

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2013 Bay Area Science Festival

Oct 12, 2013   //   by Eric   //   Events  //  Comments Off

Bay Area Science Festival 2013Wonderfest-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? Is Anybody Out ThereThe 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 Science Comedy ImprovActors 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.