Science on Tap
Monthly Science and Technology Presentations and Discussions
Join the Colorado Springs Science Center for Science on Tap every 2nd Monday of the month at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs. Presenters begin at 6:30 pm with food and drink available beginning at 6:00 pm. A wide variety of fascinating topics are presented by local scientists for informal discussion, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages anyone and everyone to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology. From practical to theoretical, the presentations and group interactions provide a fun and interesting way to gain an understanding of the world around us.
Note - there will be no Science on Tap presentation for July 2016.
Monday, August 8th, 2016
A Beginners Guide to General Relativity
For decades, Einstein's theories of relativity have been famous for being difficult to understand. Even now, after more than a hundred years, many people still have problems grasping the central concepts, most particularly time dilation. This is unsettling, because the benefits (like GPS) resulting from Einstein's General Theory of Relativity are of tremendous importance in the modern word. This presentation will explain time dilation, the central concept of General Relativity, using some ideas that have been developed over the past 30 or so years, and, time permitting, give a few worked examples.
James J. P. Stewart, DSc, PhD, BS, C.Chem. Professor, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1972-1985. Researcher at the Air Force Academy, 1984‑1990. Adjoint professor at UCCS, 2013-2016. CEO of Stewart Computational Chemistry, 1990 - now.
Author of the popular (over 25,000 users) quantum-chemistry program MOPAC, which is used for modeling chemical systems, including crystals, and enzymes and other biomolecules.
Interested in atomic physics, cosmology, biochemistry, and quantum theory.
Author of over 150 papers. Citations: Theory of AM1: 14,179, Theory of optimization: 7,889, Description of MOPAC: 2,453, speeding: 1 ($20 fine)
He has two cats, a wife, and a snow-blower, none of which work.
Science on Tap is a free event and reservations are not required; however, you’ll need to pay for any drinks and food. Jack Quinn’s is located downtown at 21 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903.
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