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STEM Ed Announcement: Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe
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- Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2010 17:34:14 -0400
This is not a UMass program.
Contact information is below.
Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe
September 9, 2010
Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 1
Free and open to the public.
Reception to follow lecture.
National Institute of Standards & Technology; Nobel Laureate 1997
At the beginning of the 20th century, Albert Einstein
changed the way we think about nature. At the
beginning of the 21st century, Einsteins thinking is
shaping one of the key scientific and technological wonders
of contemporary life: atomic clocks the best timekeepers
ever made. Such superaccurate clocks are essential to industry,
commerce and science; they are the heart of the Global
Positioning System (GPS), which guides cars, airplanes and
hikers to their destinations. Today, atomic clocks are still being
improved using atoms cooled to incredibly low temperatures.
Atomic gases reach temperatures less than a billionth
of a degree above Absolute Zero without freezing. Such
atoms are at the heart of Primary Clocks, accurate to better
than a second in 80-million years, as well as both using and
testing some of Einsteins strangest predictions.
This will be a lively multi-media presentation, including
experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth
explanations about some of todays most exciting science
About the speaker
Professor William Phillips (Distinguished University Professor,
University of Maryland, College Park) is a Fellow of the
National Institute of Standards & Technology and Co-director
of the Institute. In 1997, together with colleagues, he was
awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for developing methods
to cool and trap atoms with laser light. He has been a major
contributor to discussions of the relationship between science
and religion; and in 2009, he joined 35 Nobel Laureates in
an open letter to President Obama urging dedicated annual
funding for clean energy research, design and demonstration.
In October 2010, he will participate in the USA Science and
Engineering Festivals Lunch with a Laureate program,
joining middle- and high-school students in informal
conversation over a brown bag lunch. (usasciencefestival.org)
Whats New in Physics is a Five College symposium for undergraduates and
faculty featuring leading figures in physics research and sponsored by the
departments of physics with support from Five Colleges, Incorporated.
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