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Perimeter Public Lectures

Organizer(s): John Matlock  

Collection URL: http://pirsa.org/C04001

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PIRSA:05100012  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
Was Einstein Right? Can Einstein's Theories Survive Today's Scientific Scrutiny?
Abstract: How has the most celebrated scientific theory of the 20th century held up under the exacting scrutiny of planetary probes, radio telescopes and atomic clocks? After 100 years, was Einstein right?
Date: 05/10/2005 - 7:00 pm

PIRSA:05110002  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
The Big Bang
Speaker(s): Simon Singh
Abstract: Simon Singh grew up in Somerset, and completed his undergraduate work at Imperial College London, and his Ph.D. at Cambridge University and CERN. He has worked with the BBC’s Science Department since 1990. In 1996, Singh directed the award-winning documentary “Fermat’s Last Theorem”. The documen... read more
Date: 02/11/2005 - 7:00 pm

PIRSA:05120007  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
The Drug Trial: You Be the Judge
Speaker(s): Miriam Shuchman
Abstract: How do you advise a scientist who says she has information that could be vital to the event health but she’s been told to keep it a secret? In this talk Dr. Shuchman will discuss the dramatic act of blowing the whistle in science. Drawing on the extensive information in her best-selling book includ... read more
Date: 07/12/2005 - 7:00 pm

PIRSA:06010000  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
Are You Conscious?
Speaker(s): Jay Ingram
Abstract: The scientific approach to consciousness is a relatively new pursuit, but it has already revealed some startling facts about the cavalcade of feelings, images and thoughts that stream through our heads every waking moment. Jay Ingram will present some of the most surprising of these in a talk based ... read more
Date: 04/01/2006 - 7:00 pm

PIRSA:06020003  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
Mission to Mars: Still Roving on the Red Planet
Speaker(s): John Grant
Abstract: An expected 90 day robotic odyssey on Mars has stretched into a two year scientific marathon. Dr. Grant, a geologist with the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, helped pick the landing sites and works on day-to-day operations of the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers. You’ll see the latest photos, ... read more
Date: 01/02/2006 - 7:00 pm

PIRSA:06040020  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
Programming the Universe
Speaker(s): Seth Lloyd
Abstract: The universe computes: every atom, electron, and elementary particle registers bits of information, and every time two particles collide those bits are flipped and processed. By ‘hacking’ the computational power of the universe, we can build quantum computers which store and process information at... read more
Date: 19/04/2006 - 7:00 pm

PIRSA:06050003  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
The Search for Miss Leavitt
Speaker(s): George Johnson
Abstract: Inside Harvard College Observatory in 1904, a young woman named Henrietta Swan Leavitt sat hunched over a stack of glass photographic plates, patiently counting stars. The images had been taken by a telescope high in the Peruvian Andes, and Miss Leavitt was given the tedious chore of measuring the b... read more
Date: 03/05/2006 - 7:00 pm

PIRSA:06060002  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
A Night with Nobel - The Origin of Mass and the Feebleness of Gravity
Speaker(s): Frank Wilczek
Abstract: Einstein's famous equation E=mc2 asserts that energy and mass are different aspects of the same reality. It is usually associated with the idea that small amounts of mass can be converted into large amounts of energy. For fundamental physics, however, the more important idea is just the opposite. Re... read more
Date: 06/06/2006 - 7:00 pm

PIRSA:06060005  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
The Quantum and the Cosmos
Speaker(s): Edward Kolb
Abstract: Long before the emergence of planets, stars, or galaxies, the universe consisted of an exploding quantum soup of “elementary” particles. Encoded in this formless, shapeless soup were seeds of cosmic structure, which over billions of years grew into the beautiful and complex universe we observe tod... read more
Date: 07/06/2006 - 7:00 pm

PIRSA:06060057  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
Faster than the Speed of Light - Could the laws of physics change?
Speaker(s): Joao Magueijo
Abstract: The laws of physics are usually meant to be set in stone; variability is not usually part of physics. Yet contradicting Einstein's tenet of the constancy of the speed of light raises nothing less than that possibility. I will discuss some of the more dramatic implications of a varying speed of light... read more
Date: 23/06/2006 - 7:00 pm

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