In the above photo, some of those who attended the Aspen Center for Physics' June 6, 2013 public lecture on The Physics of Cooking by David Weitz made ice cream after the lecture by tossing salt and ice and a bag of milk, cream and sugar until it solidified.

Nick and Maggie DeWolf Public Lectures

Winter 2014

Wednesdays (except March - see below) - 5:30 pm

Wheeler Opera House

Before each lecture, plan to attend Physics Cafés, chats with physicists co-hosted with the Aspen Science Center, at 4:30 pm in the Wheeler Mezzanine

Lectures and Cafés are Free

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  • January 8
    Superconductivity: Magic and Mystery
    Speaker: Louis Taillefer, University of Sherbrooke
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  • January 15
    Particles, Quasi-particles and Beyond
    Speaker: Leon Balents, University of California, Santa Barbara
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  • January 22
    Higgs Boson: A Natural Disaster!
    Speaker: Kyle Cranmer, New York University
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  • January 29
    Swimming in Syrup: How do Bacteria Move?
    Speaker: Kenneth Breuer, Brown University
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  • February 5
    Supermassive Black Holes, Workhorses of the Universe
    Speaker: Brian Mc Namara, University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute
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  • March 10
    Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier
    Speaker: John Preskill, California Institute of Technology

  • March 18
    Title: Quantum Entanglement and Superconductivity
    Speaker: Subir Sachdev, Harvard University