Past Meetup

PWL#8=> Kyle Kingsbury on The attraction between two perfectly conducting plates

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Kyle Kingsbury ( presents the On the attraction between two perfectly conducting plates ( paper.

In Kyle's words: "It's a very short physics paper--a sidenote, really, to work he considered much more important. Sixty years later, though, we consider this sidenote his defining work--it gave rise to one of the weirdest physics phenomena ever, and has only gotten *more* confusing since the original proof. There's a really interesting history behind it that reveals some of the sociology of academia. Plus it's just fucking fascinating physics.

It also doesn't require any math beyond, say, high school calculus, but illustrates what a rigorous formal argument looks like--and I'm well-prepared to teach the math and concepts to an audience without any mathematical expertise. I think it'd be a really interesting contrast to some of the more industry-oriented papers we've seen recently.

The value here isn't in direct applicability so much as getting our brains into a different discipline's way of communicating a proof."

If you have any questions, thoughts, or related information, please visit our *github-thread* on the matter:

Kyle's Bio

Kyle Kingsbury is a the star of the CW's hit reality series "Vector Clocked", and serves as Guy Fieri's live-in personal longevity consultant. He also is the author of the Poughkeepsie Herald bestseller-listed "CarboHEALING": the power of Mac & Cheese. His favorite function is juxt, and his favorite color is Imhotep. Kyle blogs at:

Meeting mechanics

Doors open at 6:30 pm; the presentation will begin at 7:00 pm; and, yes, there will be beer and pizza.

After the paper is presented, we will open up the floor for discussion and questions.

We have selected a post meetup bar! After the meetup we'll head to Mars bar ( (798 Brannan St) to have some drinks.