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.
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.