[ASC-list] Vic: Physics of Star Trek, Dinosaur Island

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Mon Aug 17 23:49:54 UTC 2009

Celebrate Science Week with two events this week.


Wednesday: Lawrence Krauss - Physics of Star Trek

Warp drive, phasers, transporters, inertial dampeners, time travel,
light speed, pure energy beings, wormholes and "red matter". Are these
mainstays of the Star Trek universe possible, probable or poppycock? 

One of the highlights for National Science Week is Lawrence Krauss, an
internationally renowned theoretical physicist. He studies the early
universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino
astrophysics. Author of seven popular books including international
bestseller The Physics of Star Trek, Lawrence is also a radio
commentator and essayist for newspapers such as The New York Times, the
Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and has written a regular
biweekly column for New Scientist and appears regularly on television. 

Date: Wednesday 19 August 2009

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm

Location: Front bar, Redback Brewery 75 Flemington Rd North Melbourne

RSVP: james at scienceinpublic.com.au <mailto:james at scienceinpublic.com.au>


Thursday: Scott Sampson - Dinosaur Island 

Join Scott Sampson for a guided tour of Cretaceous West America.100
million years ago it became an island. On this diminutive landmass a
spectacular array of giant dinosaurs evolved: from horned, duck-billed,
and armoured plant-eaters to meat-eating tyrannosaurs and smaller
"raptor-like" predators.

Scott is a Canadian palaeontologist who has a dual position at the
University of Utah as Research Curator at the Utah Museum of Natural
History and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Geology
and Geophysics. 

Sampson was the primary scientific consultant and on-air host of a
four-part Discovery Channel series called Dinosaur Planet, and is
presently serving the same pair of roles in a PBS children's series
called Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company.  

Sampson has recently shifted his focus towards science education and is
arguing for radical changes in education as a key factor in resolving
the current sustainability crisis.

Date: Thursday 20 August 2009

Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm start

Location: Upstairs at the Redback Brewery 75 Flemington Rd North

RSVP: james at scienceinpublic.com.au <mailto:james at scienceinpublic.com.au>




Niall Byrne


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