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Jan 18, 2023Ukraine Update: George Gamota concludes his talkyes
Jan 25, 2023 Einstein Rings: Gravitational lensing occurs when enormous masses like galaxies or clusters of galaxies warp and deflect light coming from behind them. Finite sized sources are stretched arcs. When the source and deflector are nearly aligned, the arc almost closes on itself – an Einstein Ring. The Sun's deflection of starlight is a small scale example of what becomes large scale when galaxies and clusters of galaxies are the deflecting matter. Presented by Paul L. Schechter, an MIT emeritus professor of astrophysics.yes
Feb 1, 2023Potpourri
Crypto Crashes and Crypto Culture (Bob Primak) and Harry? (SNL video?)
Feb 8, 2023George Gamota - Space Update. James Webb results could affect this presentation.noPeterA fup
Feb 15, 2023Machine Learning Applications (Henry Morris)
Machine learning, a key technology of artificial intelligence, is being applied to a wide range of decisions across many industries and disciplines. This talk defines machine learning and then presents examples of its application to drive predictions in fields such as medicine, fashion, law, real estate, and human resources (employee hiring). The adoption of these applications is changing the workplace while also raising concerns of bias and fairness. Henry Morris, co-author of Augmented Intelligence: The Business Power of Human-Machine Collaboration, will address these points in his presentation.
Henry worked 35 years in high tech, most recently as SVP at IDC (International Data Corporation), the global tech market research company. Henry enjoys writing and teaching about analytics and AI, emphasizing the need for ethical governance and control of intelligent systems. He's taught at BOLLI (“Augmented Intelligence in the Workplace: Are Humans Redundant or Essential?”) and Tufts (“AI and the Changing Workplace”), and received a Bachelors from University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania.
SVP=Senior Vice President; AI=Artificial Intelligence; BOLLI=Brandeis Adult Learning
Feb 22, 2023Scientific misconduct – Jerry Slateyes
March 1, 2023LCTG Planning Meeting (all welcome)
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March 8, 2023Quantum Entanglement. Martin Zwierlein is going to talk to us about quantum entanglement, the topic of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to John Clauser, Alain Aspect, and Anton Zeilinger “for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science.”
As a simple example of quantum entanglement, Martin will present a quantum version of two coupled pendula, which he realized with trapped atom pairs in his lab [1]
Martin Zwierlein is Thomas A. Frank Professor of Physics at MIT. He studies strongly interacting Fermi gases of atoms and molecules. These gases host novel states of matter and serve as pristine model systems for other Fermi systems such as neutron stars or high-temperature superconductors.
[1] A popular article on this work can be found in the Physics@MIT journal here:
March 15, 2023Margaret Geller - speaking on James Webb Space Telescope Observations of the Early UniverseyesJerry Slate
March 22, 2023Artists' New Tools, using the Web. (Harry Forsdick)yesHarry
March 29, 2023Tornados: using mobile radars to study tornadoes and snowstorms (Howard Bluestein, prof meteorology UofOklahoma)yes
April 5, 2023Scott Kenyon - speaking on James Webb Space Telescope Observations of Star-forming Regions, Disks, Rings, and PlanetsyesJerry Slate
April 12, 2023Potpourri
April 19, 2023MIT Prof Nancy Kanwisher talk on The Brain. (date tentative) noJohnR fup
April 26, 2023An hour video about quantum mechanics “entanglement” which is what the 2022 physics prize was given for. (and Dan Kleppner)
May 3, 2023Charlie Holbrow will talk about Archimedes and his principle. Three parts:
1. King Hiero, cheating goldsmith, Archimedes running naked through the streets of Syracuse shouting Eureka
2. When a barge full of scrap iron sinks in a canal lock, does the water in the lock rise or fall?
3. When the dirigible Hindenberg burned disastrously in Lakehurst, NJ in 1937, how much hydrogen burned and how much energy was released?
May 10, 2023Joseph Henry, America's First Physicist. (presented by Prof. Michael Littman of Princeton University)
Joseph Henry (1797-1878) was the first physicist in the United States and the only one during his lifetime. His interests focused on electricity. He discovered electromagnetic induction before Michael Faraday. The unit of induction — the Henry — was named in his honor. He was a pioneer in creating high magnetic fields and electric motors. He became the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1846 and held that position until he died.
Dan Kleppner
May 17, 2023The New Nova on Notre Dame airing 12/14/2022; Peter to capture
May 24, 2023Geothermal (Paul Woskov) Paul has researched and developed a technology using high frequency electromagnetic waves called “millimeter waves” produced by a high-powered vacuum tube called a gyrotron, that's also used to conduct nuclear fusion experiments, to drill to depths 10km into the earth and use the abundant heat there to generate electricity. Paul will discuss his research and how this fantastic drill works. Larry Wittig
May 31, 2023Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) (Dan Kleppner) Dan
June 7, 2023The Science of Cooking (John Rudy)yes
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July 5, 2023should we cancel as it's the day after Independence day?
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lctg_speaker_schedule.txt · Last modified: 2023.01.25 09:51 by Steve Isenberg