Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Cool Science at the Huntington Library
The lecture I attended was called “Tiny but Powerful” and was presented by Carnegie-Princeton Fellow Jenny Greene. The talk was an insightful overview of Dr. Greene’s research into locating the smallest supermassive black holes – on the order of 100,000 solar masses, puny by the standards of the black holes lurking in the center of galaxies. The lecture was very well attended, and afterward Greene was swamped with all sorts of questions by black hole enthusiasts including some very bright kids.
Next week’s lecture, on April 19, is going to be one of a kind. Famed astronomer, Vera Rubin (see inset photos) will be giving a talk on dark matter. In case you don’t know, Dr. Rubin first stated the Galactic Rotation Problem that questioned the discrepancy between predicted and observed galaxy rotation curves. Rubin’s work led to the theory of dark matter which arguably remains one of biggest mysteries of the universe. Vera Rubin, 82, is an icon in the field of astronomy and I am very much looking forward to this unique opportunity to hear her views on the cosmos.
I would recommend checking out the Huntington Library calendar of public events to find out about other intriguing science lectures.