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World of Science: How Science Works

Fri, Oct 07, 2016 starting at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

UI physicist to open new "World of Science" talk season 

University of Illinois physicist Dr. Peter Abbamonte will lead off the talks for the William M. Staerkel Planetarium's 2016-2017 "World of Science" lecture series.

His presentation, "How Laws, Sausages, and Science are Made: An Inside View of How Science Really Works," will be given Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge.  

"We are all taught the scientific method in high school, but how does science really work?" said planetarium Director David Leake. "Is it like that in real life? Dr. Abbamonte will explain how science is really done and how it is similar to and different from making laws and sausages!"

Abbamonte and his group look at materials exhibiting quantum behaviors and observe how these materials behave when charge or spin inside the materials change. He will show how his research team also took the fastest films of electrons ever created by scattering X-rays off water.     

Abbamonte received his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1999 having done research with the then thriving Materials Physics Department at Bell Laboratories. After a National Science Foundation fellowship in The Netherlands, he returned to Cornell University and was recruited back to Illinois in 2005. He is the founder of Inprentus, a premium optics manufacturer based at the university's research park.  

Following Abbamonte's talk, the planetarium will present Solar Superstorms. Tickets for regular programming range from $5 to $6 and are available at the door. Call 217/351-2446 or see our website for a full schedule. 

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