Physics and Space Sciences
Public Science Lecture Series
In our monthly public Science Lecture Series we host an evening lecture on a topic of general interest in science in the auditorium Olin Engineering Complex (room EC 118, see map below) on the 4th Friday of each month during the academic year. The lectures are at 8 p.m., and are followed at 9 p.m. by a public viewing session at the campus observatory on the roof of the Olin Physical Sciences Building (weather permitting).
Check out previous lectures at our channel at youtube.com/fitastro and stream the videos in your browser.
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"What is Relativity?" An Evening with Dr. Jeffrey Bennett
Fri Sep 25, 2015
Dr. Jeffrey Bennett in conversation with Dr. Daniel Batcheldor on the topic of Dr. Bennett's latest book "What is Relativity?" This free public special event will be in the Gleason Auditorium starting at 8pm. In addition to "What is Relativity" Dr. Bennett is a prolific author of many fundamental introductory astronomy books, including the "Cosmic Perspective" series that many astronomy students will be intimately familair with. More information on Dr. Bennett's activities can be found at his website:
Following the 1 hour conversation there will be a 30 minute audience question and answer session.
Pluto and Beyond
Fri Oct 23, 2015
Dr. Darin Ragozzine
Florida Institute of Technology.
"An Evening with Michael Shermer"
Fri Feb 26, 2016
Join us in the Gleason Auditorium at 8pm for a 1 hour conversation between Dr. Michael Shermer and Dr. Daniel Batcheldor. A 30 minute audience question and answer session will follow. Topics of discussion will include Dr. Shermer's new book "The Moral Arc" and things that drive people to believe ideas that are directly contradiced by reason and science.
Check back for regular updates regarding event logistics.
Want even more astronomy?
We now have the Melbourne Astronomical Society for local-area amateur astronomers (including students) to meet, discuss science and equipment, tips and techniques. If you'd like to join us for monthly meetings and meet other local-area amateur astronomers, please sign up for the MAS mailing list. We're meeting on the same nights as the Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. in the Physical Sciences building room 144 (the first floor towards the south doors).
Once on campus, park in the lot adjacent to the buildings marked 1 or 2. Talks will take place in the building marked 1 (Olin Engineering Complex Auditorium, room EC 118). Observing will take place on the roof of the building marked 2 (Physical Sciences Building) weather permitting.