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.
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Nick and Maggie DeWolf Public Lectures
Wednesdays - 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 7
Nature's Smallest Rotary Engine: Why We Eat and Why We Breathe
Kazuhiko Kinosita, Waseda University, Japan
Each one of us is a heater of about 100 watts. We burn the food we ingest with the oxygen we inhale, though not in the literal sense, of course.
We oxidize the food slowly to minimize heat production while synthesizing ATP (adenosine [ah den ah seen] tri-phosphate). We expend our body weight of ATP each day but you wouldn’t want to eat that much ATP
which is not tasty! More than a billion times a billion of Nature’s Smallest Rotary Engine continuously rotate in our body, from head to foot, splitting and then re-synthesizing ATP. We eat and breathe to keep these
rotary engines running!
How Plants and Animals Survive Crashing Ocean Waves
Mark Denny, Stanford University
As ocean waves crash on rocky shores and coral reefs, they are accompanied by water velocities as high as 30 miles per second, among the highest in nature. One might suppose that the hydrodynamic forces
imposed by these flows -- equivalent to those associated with supersonic flows in air -- would prohibit plants and animals from living in these extreme environments, but just the opposite is true. Next to tropical
rain forests, life in wave-exposed habitats is the most diverse on the planet. Professor Denny will use limpets, acorn barnacles, seaweeds and other examples to highlight aspects of fluid dynamics seldom encountered
in other habitats.
- January 21
Topic: Collider Physics
Topic: Black Holes in Dense Star Clusters
Speaker: Andrea Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles
- February 4
Topic: Glass Physics/Condensed Matter
- February 18
Topic: Quantum Field Theory
- March 11
Topic: The Cosmological Model
- March 25
Topic: Non-Equilibrium Quantum Matter