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Join us for The Modern Origins Story - Science Talk

modern_orgin_story_wonderfest_elliot_quataertThe scientific understanding of our origins began in earnest with Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin, and others, and has since evolved into a rich, detailed, and well-tested model. Direct observations of the infant universe now show that it was remarkably smooth compared to what we see around us today, with only tiny differences in its properties from one part to another. By contrast, in the present universe there are enormous differences in the properties of matter from one part to another: some regions host planets, stars, and galaxies (and even humans!) while others do not. In this talk, Prof. Quataert will describe how the universe evolved from its smooth beginnings to its current state, emphasizing how gravity reigns supreme and builds up the planets, stars, and galaxies required for biological evolution to proceed.

Our venue is as exciting as -- and a great deal more appetizing than -- our topic. Surrounded by a diverse and delightful convoy of food trucks, we will gather in the enclosed heart of Streat Food Park. Streat Food Park


  • TITLE: The Modern Origins Story: From the Big Bang to Habitable Planets
  • SPEAKER: Eliot Quataert, Professor of Astronomy & Physics, UC Berkeley
  • WHEN: 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 14, 2013
  • WHERE: in the enclosed heart of SoMa StrEat Food Park,[masked]th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • HOW: A FREE joint production of Wonderfest and Ask a Scientist (however, no free joints will be served)
  • WHY: Because we're curious creatures

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  • Jane R.

    The speaker was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation, and agree with everything that Tucker said about him. And I loved the venue, as well. Thanks so much for putting this together.

    2 · May 15, 2013

    • Tucker H.

      You're so welcome, Jane! BTW (and forgive me for this) I loved you in "The Outlaw." 8-)

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • Tucker H.

    Speaker Eliot Quataert (UC Berkeley) was EXCELLENT. He covered an amazing range of topics with clarity, deep insight, and good humor. Despite our cosmic insignificance, I felt much warmth and friendship in SoMa (not RoMa) StrEat Food Park last night!

    2 · May 15, 2013

  • Eric

    Did I mention the gourmet food trucks?

    May 9, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Sounds great

    1 · April 27, 2013

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