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A Matter of Some Gravity: What Newton Never Knew About Gravitation

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 02:30 PM — 05:00 PM

A Matter of Some Gravity: What Newton
Never Knew About Gravitation


In this nontechnical talk (no equations!) Dr. Roger Freedman
will present some amazing discoveries about the surprising role
of gravity in our universe. He'll show how gravitational forces
"herd" objects in Saturn's rings, impart violent geological
activity to some of Jupiter's moons, and have kept life on Earth
from going extinct. He will also describe how studying
gravitation has allowed us to "hear" what happens when two
dead stars plummet into each other.
Roger A. Freedman is a lecturer in physics at UCSB. He is the coauthor
of four textbooks in physics and astronomy that are used
worldwide. In the 1970s Dr. Freedman worked as a comic book
letterer and helped organize the San Diego Comic-Con (now the world’s largest popular culture
convention) during its first few years. He also holds a commercial pilot's license and is the advisor to
UCSB Men's and Women's Rowing.

Location

Valle Verde, 900 Calle De Los Amigos, Santa Barbara. Parking: First Baptist Church, 949 Veronica Springs Rd. Free Shuttle Service - continuous from 2:00 to after dinner. No parking at Valle Verde.