Sunday, October 25, 2009
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE - NOV 2009
At 6:00 on the first Sunday of each month, Nobel Laureate (Chemistry) Roald Hoffman convenes an entertaining session of Science Entertainment at the Cornelia Street Cafe.
Here's the info for Nov 2009. Early reservations are recommended. (It usually sells out.) Some people on the wait list are likely to get in also (but mostly end up sitting in the back).
The food and drinks you can have (upstairs before or after, downstairs during the show) are quite good at the Cafe/Restaurant.
6:00PM Nov 1, 2009
SHAPES AND ENERGIES: LOVE AND HATE AMONG THE ATOMS
"Molecules have shapes, and their geometries determine ultimately their every chemical, physical and biological property. Tiny electrons, scooting around the much bulkier atoms, and governed by the lovely logic of quantum mechanics, actually tell those big guys how to arrange themselves.
An expert on la liaison chimique, Odile Eisenstein of the University of Montpellier, France, takes us by the hand into the world of molecular shapes, from the simple tetrahedron of methane to the less intuitive world of molecules containing metal atoms.
Gerard Parkin, who is rumored to make a living studying such molecules, will do some non-electronic magic.
And making shapes, exploring different forms of holding energy together, sometimes in "nonintuitive" ways, will also be expressed in the music of Todd Capp and his quartet. "