13th annual Bullitt Lecture in Astronomy

Blurring the Boundaries Among Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy: The Moseley and Bohr Centenaries
When Nov 21, 2013
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
AttendeesSpeaker: Virginia Trimble (U. California at Irvine)
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The Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium present the 2013 Bullitt Lecture

Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy have been grabbing scientific territory from each other from the time immemorial. This is the centenary of two key papers, Moseley on atomic number and Bohr on atomic structure, that began a take-over of portions of chemistry by physics, on the whole fruitful, but by no means unopposed. The talk will explore this and a number of other past and present examples of the phenomenon. The moral, if any, is that history is written by the winners.

Virginia Trimble earned  her undergraduate degree from UCLA, and received her PhD from Caltech in 1968.  She is famous for an annual review of much of the scientific literature in astrophysics, and has served as vice president of both the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the International Astronomical Union. She was awarded the AAS Van Biesbroeck Prize in 2010 for a lifetime of service to  the profession.  Dr. Trimble has published 200 scholarly articles and an even greater number of conference presentations and popular works, working in such diverse fields  as supernova remnants, pulsars, dark matter and also publication trends and the sociology of  astronomers.  She is very active in public outreach and gives many popular talks on astronomy.

Free and open to the public.

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