Adventures in Physics 2019: From the Big Bang to Galaxies

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 1:00pm

This exciting physics show and lecture will entertain children and adults!

Adventures in Physics
From the Big Bang to Galaxies
February 2, 2019
UCI Physical Sciences Lecture Hall (PSLH)

1:00PM - 3:00PM
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1:00PM - Professor Bill Heidbrink and his team will kick off the program with a show demonstrating the basic ideas of energy and angular momentum conservation. See a brick shatter on a person sandwiched between nails, watch a billiard ball brush a scientist’s face in the “nose basher” demonstration, then participate in educational hands-on activities.

2:00PM - The Universe was born simple: smooth, hot, and dense — a primordial soup of nothing but hydrogen and helium. Fourteen billion years later, the cosmos is dotted with hundreds of billions of grand, luminous galaxies. At least one of those galaxies, the Milky Way, has at least one planet, the Earth, that is overflowing with life. How did the cosmos go from such a simple start to the complexity we see around us today? Professor James Bullock will discuss this story. Aided by supercomputers and telescopes, his research aims to understand how galaxies like the Milky Way came to be.

3:00PM - Following the demonstrations and lecture, UCI students will host a Q&A session about life in college.

This event honors the legacy of John Rosendahl, Instructional Programs Director in the UCI Department of Physics & Astronomy from 1987 – 2012. He created memorable lecture demonstrations that were seen by more than 50,000 students, and conducted physics assemblies for K-12 schools.