Ken Levy, Program Chair
Many thanks to Dr. Michael Shara who provided a fascinating talk on the structure and evolution of novae and supernovae as well as a focus on his current exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration. I encourage all members to visit the exhibit, now on view through August 12th. If you missed the lecture or would like to review it, please go to the following link for a complete MP3 of the talk: files.me.com/kenetics/97phzg.mp3
This month we’re proud to have Dr. Paul Steinhardt. Dr. Steinhardt is the Albert Einstein Professor in Science and Director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University, where he’s also on the faculty of both the Department of Physics and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences.
Dr. Steinhardt is the author of over 200 refereed articles, five patents, three technical books, numerous popular articles. In 2007, he co-authored Endless Universe: The Big Bang and Beyond, a popular book on contemporary theories of cosmology.
He is one of the co-discoverers of the first natural quasicrystal and recently organized a geological expedition to Chukotka in Far Eastern Russia to find new information about its origin and search for more samples. Dr. Steinhardt will be speaking on the controversial topic “Inflationary Cosmology on Trial” from his recently published article in Scientific American; another not to miss lecture, on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday February 14th. Bring someone you love!