Colloquium | September 23 | 4:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte
Dr. Markus Meister, Caltech
In the field of engineering, dimensionless numbers frequently help to characterize the state of a system. I will present a series of vignettes about unusually large dimensionless numbers that arise in brain science. These can indicate issues that are poorly understood, and in some cases clearly misunderstood.
The Distinguished Lecture in Astronomy: From Spinning Black Holes to Exploding Stars: New Views on the Energetic Universe
Lecture | September 25 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall
Fiona A. Harrison, Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics, Caltech
Using space-based telescopes that image the cosmos in high energy radiation, Professor Harrison is exploring the densest, hottest, and most energetic regions in the Universe. These observatories are helping us to understand how black holes grow, how the elements that make up life are forged in extreme environments, and how matter behave in conditions beyond any we can create on Earth.