2009 Misel Family Public Lecture
“Wandering Planets, Falling Apples, Curving Spaces, Whirling Stars: How Unraveling the Mysteries of Gravity Has Taught Us About the Universe"
Professor Helen Quinn
Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Wednesday, October 6, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Abstract: Using the history of understandings about gravity as a template I talk about how science works. It shows how our understanding is driven forward by the interweaving of threads that arise in observations and in theory building. I stress the importance of seeking consistent interpretations of apparently inconsistent ideas or observations as a key to progress in science.