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BAD PHYSICS: Five Common Misconceptions in the Most Basic Science, Jan 13

Dec 20, 2014   //   by Eric   //   Coming Events, Events  //  Comments Off

 Bad Physics

From Aristotle to Einstein, great minds have failed to grasp basic ideas in physics. Aristotle thought that all objects naturally prefer to be at rest; Einstein believed that, “God does not play dice.” Both these geniuses were mistaken, and, today, plenty of everyday geniuses continue to misunderstand key ideas in the most basic of the sciences.
 
Please join celebrated* physics teacher Tucker Hiatt in exploring five of the juiciest misconceptions that plague our “common-sense” understanding of the way the universe works:
• The Earth moves through space.
• Nature loves all energies equally.
• Radiation is dangerous.
• Mass can be converted into energy according to E=mc^2.
• God does not play dice.
  • WHAT:  Secrets of the Sleeping Brain
  • WHO: Tucker Hiatt, Wonderfest Executive Director & former Stanford Visiting Scholar
  • WHEN: 7:00 PM, Tuesday, January 13, 2015
  • WHERE:  StrEat Food Park, 428 – 11th Street, San Francisco 94103 <http://goo.gl/maps/u6fVu>
  • HOW:   FREE admission, but please register with Eventbrite. Co-produced with Ask a Scientist (http://www.askascientistsf.com).
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures.

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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!

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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.