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Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium: Dr. Charles Adler
CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER: Will be rescheduled at a later date
Wizards, Aliens and Starships: Science in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Have you ever wondered how accurate the science is in your favorite science fiction or fantasy book/movie/TV show/comic book is? Dr. Adler will explore this topic, beginning from the top down: how science fiction and fantasy works either respect or reject the most important principles in all of science, the great conservation laws.
Following this, we will examine such topics as why we don't take vacations on the Moon (as predicted in many older SF books and stories), why Hogwarts castle is such a dark place, and how you (or Humanity, at least) can survive for up to a googol years.
Dr. Adler is the chair of the Physics department at St. Mary's College of Maryland. He is the author of nearly 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications in physics, optics and mathematics, and was the chair of the 10th International Light and Color in the Open Air conference in June, 2010, held at St. Mary's College.
Following the lecture, there will be a signing of Dr. Adler's new book Wizards, Aliens and Starships (Princeton University Press, 2014).