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Dark Matter and the Runaway Universe

Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe
Thursday, Jan. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Bay School on 35 Keyes Avenue SF
Alex Filippenko is one of the world's most cited astronomers, has co-authored over 700 publications and won the most prestigious teaching awards as a professor at UC Berkeley.

Read Alex's full bio on Cal's website: http://astro.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/filippenko.html

Alex will talk about supernovae, dark energy and the expansion of the universe!
Admission is free and open to the public.

Register here: https://home.bayschoolsf.org/podium/default.aspx?t=36644

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  • John W.

    I'd be down, along with at least one cosmological buddy.

    February 1, 2013

  • Alexander M.

    I agree with Karen and John. I am prepared to deliver such a lecture with the hope of attracting people who are ready and willing to ask tough *critical* questions. Rather that a scientific talk inviting criticism, Filippenko's lecture was more "preaching the gospel." There is nothing wrong with that kind of talk as long as it is made clear that what is being stated might be wrong (which he did do at the end). Good science occurs when people DO NOT readily accept what is being said, demand logical proof and present counter arguments that must be addressed. Let's do that. I have my own A/V equipment. All we need is a room of suitable size and location.

    February 1, 2013

  • John W.

    Great speaker, and presented in a way that was very accessible to a general audience. I have to admit, though, that I was hoping that the talk was going to be more in-depth. I find it difficult to find talks on cosmology that aren't severely diluted for an audience that is assumed to have never heard of these topics before. I'd love to see some presentations on this and related topics created for a target audience that is already well-read, allowing the speaker to go much more in depth.
    Thanks to the organizers for all their work on this!

    February 1, 2013

  • Alexander M.

    I am a theoretical physicist. If you remember, I was the gentlemen in the suit and tie who complimented the young boy who expressed skepticism, followed by complimenting Alex for acknowledging the need for such skepticism and for expressing his own doubts (for the first time). Alex is a dynamic speaker, but I had to bite my tongue throughout his talk because he made numerous false and misleading statements.

    For those of you who are technically trained (degreed in mathematics, physics, chemistry, molecular biology, astronomy, etc.) I encourage you to review this PDF < http://SensibleUniverse.com/Cosmos >. Ignore Acrobat's '"full screen" dialog box; click "No" ("Yes" is for slide presentation mode). To date, this document and related work has encountered "violent opposition" because it demolishes the status quo.

    February 1, 2013

  • Nelly P.

    NO RECEPTION, STRAIGHT TO PRESENTATION, BUSINESS AS USUAL. NO LIGHTS OR BELLS.

    February 1, 2013

  • Michael

    The speaker was tops. And accessible to children. Filled a great gap in my physics awareness.

    January 31, 2013

  • Tracy S.

    Great. Would love more events in San Francisco and speakers of his caliber. Thanks very much! Wish there was actual food in the reception. Perhaps it needs a sponsor?

    January 31, 2013

  • Jonathon H.

    Fantastic event! What an intellectual stimulating experience with audiences from eight to 80!

    January 31, 2013

  • Nelly P.

    EDWARD: ORGANIZER SIGN MEMBERS UP FOR MEETUP EVENTS, WHEN ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
    FIRST. WHY ONE HAS TO SIGN TWICE? FIRST FOR MEET UP, AND SECOND FOR EVENT.

    January 31, 2013

  • Edward M.

    As Grace mentioned. If you didn't register on the Bay School site then you won't have a seat. The venue is packed.

    January 31, 2013

    • Wassim

      I RSVP here, but there is no place to register in the bay school site. Can I come and watch standing up without taking a seat?

      January 31, 2013

  • Grace W.

    Grace, the organizer here. We'll have clipboards at the door, so best not to try showing up if you didn't register. We're concerned about having room for those who have registered, so thanks for being respectful. Thanks to Edward for posting this!

    January 31, 2013

  • Leon

    Any one near Mountain View likes to carpool? It's quite a drive to this location.

    January 19, 2013

    • Nitin

      Leon, do you have any remaining space for me to carpool with you guys? If so, what time should I meet by Neto Cafe?

      January 30, 2013

    • Leon

      Yes. Detailed info sent to Smita and Nitin by email.

      January 30, 2013

  • Alexander M.

    If you are properly registered, then you will have gotten the following e-mail yesterday from Amy Cohen:

    Good afternoon!

    Thank you for registering for Alex Filippenko's presentation, Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe, which will take place this Thursday, Jan. 31, at The Bay School of San Francisco. Please note that this event is SOLD OUT. If you, or someone that you registered, can no longer attend, please email Amy Cohen at [masked] to release a spot to someone on the wait list. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Be sure to give yourself enough time to check in and find a seat.

    See you there! The Bay School of San Francisco
    35 Keyes Avenue
    San Francisco, CA[masked]
    www.bayschoolsf.org

    January 30, 2013

  • Jonathon H.

    Same as John. The list is now full after I realized there was another step. Can we show up still?

    January 30, 2013

    • Jason N.

      Sure I think you should be able to show up. gl

      January 30, 2013

  • John W.

    I originally RSVPed here, thinking that was enough, but I just saw the post below about the registration link. It looks like it is now full though. Does anybody know if we'll be turned away if we had already RSVPed here?

    January 30, 2013

  • Alexander M.

    I recommend that people review these slides, prior to attending this talk; this will give you an opportunity to ask important, meaningful questions: http://SensibleUniverse.com/Cosmos

    January 30, 2013

  • Edward M.

    Here's an updated registration link if the original was giving you problems. https://home.bayschoolsf.org/podium/default.aspx?t=36644&rid=5497

    Big thanks to Grace W. for recommending this event. Some additional info about the registration:
    "the event is free. There is a space to put in an optional donation, but it's best to leave that space blank if one is not donating. If one enters a 0, he or she will be taken to a screen that asks for a credit card."

    January 24, 2013

  • Leon

    The registration link https://home.bayschoolsf.org/podium/default.aspx?t=36644 does not work. It says "no registration selected."

    January 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Try looking for the link from the right side of this page: https://home.bayschool...­

      January 19, 2013

    • Leon

      Thanks, Mike. That worked.

      January 19, 2013

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