Nerd Nite October: Einstein!

einsteinOctober 23, 2017 at The Academy of Music

$5.00 general admission  | 7:00pm

Nerd Nite Noho comes to the Academy of Music stage!
Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 90 cities across the globe during which folks give fun-yet-informative presentations – while the audience drinks along. Presenters Gary Felder and Brokk Toggerson will cover themes related to the work of Albert Einstein as connective tissue and food for thought around our November Season Series performance of Jack Fry’s one-man show, Einstein! Come schmooze, have a drink and talk science!

GARY FELDER is a professor of Physics at Smith College. He holds a PhD in theoretical cosmology and has done research in the field for 20 years. He’s given many public presentations on the topic, including SciTech Cafe, appearances on the Bill Newman show, and talks at elementary schools, high schools, summer camps, retirement communities, and more.
“The Big Bang and Beyond“
Einstein’s theory of relativity presented a radically new idea of what space and time are, which in turn led to the development of the Big Bang Theory of the history of the universe. Gary briefly explain how the theory of relativity led to the Big Bang Theory, what that theory says about the history of the universe, and a few of the current open questions and areas of research in cosmology.

BROKK TOGGERSON is a physicist who did his Ph.D. at CERN’s LHC and is now a physics teacher at UMass Amherst.
“The Black Holes of Scientific Knowledge”
Sometimes it seems that scientists (and physicists in particular) have essentially everything figured out. Sure we are still working on a few really hard problems, but other than that it can seem that there are just details to be cleaned up. Turns out, there are some fairly significant things that we still do not really understand! Questions like, “what is nothing?” don’t really have satisfactory answers. In this talk, we will explore some stuff, both grand and every day, that we do not know.

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