Penn Stater to Osmond Hall is approximately 3 miles. Getting on/off a trolley necessitating a few steps. Transportation will be provided. At art museum, stand and walk up to 1 hour at a time.
Lecture at Osmond Hall: At the beginning of the 20th century, some physicists felt that physics was nearly done – that it had come close to solving all the important problems. Within a few years, Einstein, Bohr, de Broglie, Schrödinger, Heisenberg, Planck and others completely revolutionized the world of physics with quantum mechanics. What happened in the early 20th century that revolutionized how we see the fundamental properties of the universe? What is the essence of quantum mechanics and how is it so radically different from what came before it – and how most people think the world works?
At the Hertzel Union Building (HUB).
After lunch, we will have two lectures at Osmond Hall. For our first lecture, experts will lecture about radioactivity and radiation. We will discuss both of these topics and how we discovered them in the early 20th century, how we use them in our daily lives and how much we should fear them. Our second lecture will focus on detecting black holes and neutron stars. We often perceive the universe through visible light. For the last 80 years, we have probed the universe using radio waves, infra-red and even X-rays. In the last few years, we have harnessed a new tool for observing the universe- studying waves in fabric of space-time itself (gravitational waves). Penn State faculty are part of the LIGO collaboration that observed gravitational radiation from the collision of two black holes in 2015. We will hear about this discovery and the future of exploration of the universe using gravitational radiation.
Tonight we will see a film "Humanity needs Dreamers: A Visit with Marie Curie". This film is about Marie Curie, a two-time Nobel Prize winner who is best known for her work in the radioactivity field. Then we will have a treat at the Creamery, Penn State's well-known ice cream store.