What we're about

We're just average folks who like to discuss topics that range from the cause of gravity to applications of modern physics -- in the best traditions of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Linus Pauling. We wish to create a fellowship of physics enthusiasts who enjoy learning how to make successful predictions. You don't have to be an official physicist to join us.

Monthly meetings are currently scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays 8Nov2018, 13Dec2018, 24Jan2019, 21Feb2019, 28Mar2019, 25Apr2019, 23May2019, 20Jun2019, 25Jul2019, 15Aug2019, 19Sep2019, Wednesday 9Oct2019, and Thursdays 21Nov2019 and 26Dec2019 in the 40-seat meeting room of the Howson branch of the Austin Public Library located at 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. (See http://library.austintexas.gov/rooms-calendar/aho ) Discussions usually continue at a restaurant after the library closes.

Meetings at other times and locations, typically restaurants, may be scheduled according to interest. Suggestions are welcome.

Upcoming events (1)

Quantum mechanics of spin-1/2 systems

Howson branch, Austin Public Library

Spin-1/2 systems (such as intrisic angular momenta of electrons, protons, and neutrons) are the mathematically simplest quantum mechanical systems. Qbits and photon polarization are similarly simple. We will discuss the quantum mechanics of single spin-1/2 systems and, time permitting, of combinations of two spin-1/2 systems.

Past events (127)

Derivation of the fine-structure constant

Howson branch, Austin Public Library

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