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

McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall

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.