Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist
In the popular imagination, science is a collection of arcane facts that only a tiny minority of people are capable of understanding. In reality, science a process for generating knowledge by looking at the world, thinking of possible explanations for interesting phenomena, testing those models by observation and experiment, and telling the results of those tests to others. This process is an essential human activity, something we all do every day, often just for fun.
Chad Orzel, author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog will explain how everyday activities like card games, crossword puzzles, and sports make use of the same mental tools scientists have used to revolutionize our understanding of the universe.
This event is in association with Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing.
Chad Orzel is a professor, blogger, and author of popular-audience books about physics. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics studying laser-cooled atoms in the group of Bill Phillips (1997 Nobel laureate in physics), and spent two years as a post-doc at Yale University studying Bose-Einstein Condensation. In 2001 he joined the faculty of Union College in Schenectady, NY, where he is now an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Since 2002 he has run the physics weblog Uncertain Principles, now part of the ScienceBlogs network. He is the author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog and How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog, explaining modern physics concepts through imaginary conversations with his German Shepherd, Emmy. His next book, Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist will be published in December 2014.
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