New Meetup: Groundhog Day, w/ lecture by Peter Galison @ Coolidge Corner, Science on Screen

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:39 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Groundhog Day, w/ lecture by Peter Galison @ Coolidge Corner, Science on Screen

When: February 2,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: About "Groundhog Day":

"Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a television weatherman, assigned to the task of covering whether or not local groundhog 'Punxsutawny Phil', will see his shadow. It's his forth year waiting on word from the rodent to determine the length of the remaining winter, and Phil couldn't be more open about his disdain for the town, his job and his co-workers. When he awakens on what should be the following day, he is stunned to realize that no time has progressed; Phil is reliving his most hated day of the year, over and over again, with no end in sight".

Guest speaker: Peter Galison, science historian

Price: $9.75, 2 hrs.

To buy tickets online, go to and scroll down to the February 2nd date. You need to pick up the actual ticket at the ticket window before the movie.

About Science on Screen:

"The Boston area is filled with academic superstars - so why not bring them to the movies? With Science On Screen, we present a feature film or documentary with a basis in science, along with exciting introductions by noted scientists in a related field.

"Science on Screen programs are $9.75 regular admission, or $7.75 for seniors, students, and Museum of Science members.

"Members of the Coolidge Corner Theatre get FREE admission to these shows".

Where to Meet:
This is tricky. The movie is at 7:00 pm. By 6:15 pm the Coolidge Corner people tell all the people that are waiting to stand in line along the brick wall along the side of the theatre. Myself and the four people who work directly in the area get in at the head of the line. Many people arrive after us. The line snakes all the way back. By 6:30 pm, the people behind us have witnessed 10 to 15 people just cut them in line as the new Nerd Fun arrivals join our group, and the people behind us are furious at us.

... Possibly we could try to get there by 6:15 pm? If not, that's fine. I just want to lessen the chances of irritating the people behind us. We are usually let in at 6:40 pm. Can't get there by 7:00 pm? T.J. Maher will be sending out his cell phone number to people who sign up so you can call or text him if you wish a seat saved.

How to spot a T.J.:

T.J. is 5 foot 7, 175 lbs, medium-build, blue eyes, short brown hair, and will be wearing a black winter coat with a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag affixed to it. He will also have a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

According to Peter Galison's faculty bio page:

"Galison's main work explores the complex interaction between the three principal subcultures of twentieth century physics--experimentation, instrumentation, and theory. The volume on experiment (How Experiments End ) and that on instruments (Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics ) are to be followed by the final volume--Theory Machines--that is still under construction. Einstein's Clocks, Poincar?'s Maps begins the study of theory by focusing on the ways in which the theory of relativity stood at the crossroads of technology, philosophy, and physics. Image & Logic won the Pfizer Award from the History of Science Society in October 1998".

Mr. Galison appears to be the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor Director, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Ph.D., at Harvard University.

New York Times article about Peter Galison:

06/24/2003: SCIENCE HISTORIAN AT WORK: PETER GALISON; The Clocks That Shaped Einstein's Leap in Time

"Einstein's relativity has long been regarded by scholars as a monument to the power of abstract thought. But if Dr. Peter Galison, 48 -- a Harvard professor of the history of science and of physics, a pilot, art lover and nascent filmmaker -- is right, physics and Einstein have flourished more in their connections to the world than in any ivory tower aloofness. And one clue to the origin of relativity can be found in something as mundane and practical as a 19th-century train schedule. ''It's in as plain sight as it could possibly be,'' he said. [MORE: ]

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