The TEDx Bozeman talk Einstein's Cries

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Below are a few examples of talks given in the Bozeman Speaking of Einstein series.

A Shout through Space and Time: Einstein's Legacy

Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies
Nico Yunes
Department of Physics, Montana State University

In 1905 and then again in 1915, a young office clerk put forth several revolutionary ideas that would soon shake the foundations of physics. Albert Einstein elevated these ideas to physical theories and all of his predictions have come to pass, except one: gravitational waves. These waves are produced in the most violent and energetic events in the Universe, such as when black holes and neutron stars collide, but they have so-far evaded direct detection due to their inherent feebleness. Join MSU Assistant Professor Nico Yunes as he describes Einstein's gravitational waves and how they encode the secrets of black holes as well as, neutron stars and our current efforts to detect them and verify Einstein's last untested prediction. Yunes is one of the newest members of the MSU physics department and was an Einstein Fellow at MIT before coming to Montana.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

Crawford Theater, Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture
Lisa Randall
Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University

The bestselling author of Warped Passages, one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” Lisa Randall gives us an exhilarating overview of the latest ideas in physics and offers a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives. Featuring fascinating insights into our scientific future born from the author’s provocative conversations with Nate Silver, David Chang, and Scott Derrickson,Knocking on Heaven’s Door is eminently readable, one of the most important popular science books of this or any year. It is a necessary volume for all who admire the work of Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Brian Greene, Simon Singh, and Carl Sagan; for anyone curious about the workings and aims of the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest and most expensive machine ever built by mankind; for those who firmly believe in the importance of science and rational thought; and for anyone interested in how the Universe began…and how it might ultimately end.

Einstein's Cries

TEDx Bozeman
Nico Yunes
Department of Physics, Montana State University

As part of the TEDx Bozeman event Dr. Nico Yunes from the Montana State University Department of Physics will present Einstein's Cries, describing gravitational waves, the ripples in spacetime predicted by Einstein's Theory of General Relativity and soon to open up a new way to listen to our Universe. You can view the talk here.

Einstein's Legacy: Studying Gravity in War and Peace

Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies
David Kaiser
Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science, MIT

A popular image persists of Albert Einstein as a loner, someone who avoided the hustle and bustle of everyday life in favor of quiet contemplation. Yet Einstein was deeply engaged with politics throughout his life; indeed, he was so active politically that the FBI kept him under surveillance for decades, compiling a 2000-page secret file on his political activities. His most enduring scientific legacy, the general theory of relativity physicists' reigning explanation for gravity and the basis for nearly all our thinking about the cosmos has likewise been cast as an austere temple standing aloof from the all-too-human dramas of political history. But was it so? In this talk, David Kaiser, Germeshausen Professor and Department Head of MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society, examines ways in which research on general relativity was embedded in, and at times engulfed by, the tumult of world politics over the course of the twentieth century. Kaiser's books include Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics (2005), and How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival (2011). A Fellow of the American Physical Society and recipient of the Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society for best book in the field, Kaiser has also received MIT's highest awards for excellence in teaching. His work has been featured in Science, Nature, Scientific American, the London Review of Books, and the Huffington Post, as well as on NOVA television programs, NPR, and the BBC.

Legacies of Einstein's Concerti & Opus

Thursday, April 4, 5:30pm
Emerson Theater
Jim Gates
University of Maryland

The works of Albert Einstein have had a staggering influence on humanity since their creation and there is still more yet to come. This talk gives an overview of his accomplishments and what these have done for increasing knowledge and to even a technological application that currently assist many while they drive their cars.