The Origins Science Scholars Program is presented by Siegal Lifelong Learning and the Institute for the Science of Origins (ISO), a partnership of several Northeast Ohio research and educational institutions, led by Case Western Reserve University.
In this unique program, members of the community engage with each other and with leading scholars to investigate rapidly developing areas of origins science. Each evening begins with a presentation by a world-class researcher, followed by a complimentary dinner and open discussion.
During this unique program, community members engage with one another and with leading scholars to investigate rapidly developing areas of origins science. Each evening begins with a presentation by a world-class researcher, followed by complimentary dinner and open discussion among all the participants.
Climate change may seem hard to grasp but simple physics shows that the observed human-caused global warming is not surprising or mysterious at all. We'll look at some basic physical principles and easily understood "back-of-the-envelope" calculations that support this conclusion.
Just as people come in a tremendous variety of shapes and sizes, they also exhibit great individual genetic variation affecting features of a seemingly whimsical nature such as the ability to roll our tongues or not. Why is the human race so chockfull of such variation and where does it come from?
What does race mean? Are our cultural notions about it firmly rooted in biology, especially genetics, or is race primarily a social construction built on a few superficial characteristics superimposed on societal shortcomings like inequality and xenophobia? Are subspecies in other animals genetically equivalent to human races?
The public imagination often regards the genome as having a normal state that then gets interrupted by various unfortunate mutations. But this misses the forest for the trees! Whatever the first gene was, all subsequent genes are mutated descendants of it.
Light bulbs today are 10x more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last 10 times as long! We have achieved this thanks not only to breakthroughs in engineering but also by harnessing our basic understanding of quantum mechanics. What is an electron, what is a hole, and how do they get together to make light?
Throughout the development of quantum mechanics, Einstein was deeply troubled by an aspect of the theory he called "spooky action at a distance" -- the ability to influence instantaneously the outcomes of distant measurements. Experiments have since demonstrated that this profoundly counterintuitive behavior is real.
Light is our window to the world. It is a particle and a wave, classical and quantum mechanical. It is familiar, it is mysterious. It’s old science and new technology.