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Physics and Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy Public Lecture

4:00 PM, Thursday, October 21, 2010
Room 155, Chem-Phys Building

Dr. David Arnett
Department of Astronomy
University of Arizona

People and Ideas: Experiences of an Astrophysicist from Kentucky
In the last fifty years, some of the fundamental questions of astrophysics, "How were the elements formed?", "How do supernovae explode?", "How do neutron stars form?", "Do black holes exist?", have been answered, although interesting details are still being actively pursued. A key part of this success has been the application of supercomputers to explore these problems. Threads of this history will be presented in a non-technical way, with pictures, movies, and stories about the people involved, based upon the experiences of the speaker.

Refreshments will be served in CP 179 at 3:30PM with refreshments in the Boone Center to follow