135th MEETING OF THE LYNCEAN GROUP OF SAN DIEGO
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 11:30 AM
Location: Southwestern Yacht Club
2702 Qualtrough Street
San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)
Speaker: Daniel Whiteson
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Co-Author of We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe
Topic: We Have No Idea: Big, Unanswered Questions about the Universe and Its Particles
NOTE: Professor Whiteson will be discussing various topics from his book We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe. He will bring several copies of his book, which he will sign and you can buy for $18. As you will see from the summary below, the book should appeal to a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
About the book –
Humanity’s understanding of the physical world is full of gaps. Not tiny little gaps you can safely ignore —there are huge yawning voids in our basic notions of how the world works. PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to explore everything we don’t know about the universe: the enormous holes in our knowledge of the cosmos. Armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and unusually entertaining and lucid explanations of science, they give us the best answers currently available for a lot of questions that are still perplexing scientists, including:
* Why does the universe have a speed limit?
* Why aren’t we all made of antimatter?
* What (or who) is attacking Earth with tiny, superfast particles?
* What is dark matter, and why does it keep ignoring us?
It turns out the universe is full of weird things that don’t make any sense. But Cham and Whiteson make a compelling case that the questions we can’t answer are as interesting as the ones we can.
This fully illustrated introduction to the biggest mysteries in physics also helpfully demystifies many complicated things we do know about, from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. With equal doses of humor and delight, Cham and Whiteson invite us to see the universe as a possibly boundless expanse of uncharted territory that’s still ours to explore.