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Saturday
May052012

June Public Lecture: Matt Strassler

The Einstein Obsession:

Science, Myth and Public Perception

WHEN: June 16th, 2pm

WHERE: Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave. West Village, NYC

Free and open to the public!

Who hasn't heard of Einstein? We all know Einstein failed eighth grade math. (Although he didn't.)  We know he showed energy is the same thing as mass (or was it "matter"?), that he's the father of the atomic bomb, that he was an old man with frizzy hair, and that he was a patent clerk whose theory was that everything is relative and that nothing can move faster than light.  This messy assortment of half-truths and misconceptions permeates our culture and affects public perceptions of science, at many different levels.  In this talk we'll consider how our culture's obsession with Einstein impacts efforts to convey science to the public.

Matt Strassler has been a professor of theoretical particle physics and string theory at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington, and Rutgers University. He is a former Sloan Foundation fellow and is an elected member of the American Physical Society. In addition to carrying out research related to the Large Hadron Collider (the big new accelerator in Europe that is looking for the Higgs particle), he runs a website, Of Particular Significance, whose purpose is to convey information about science, especially particle physics, to the public.