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November 23rd, 2007

The last BrisScience Lecture for 2007!

Come and hear Nobel Laureate winner Bill Phillips – featuring cutting edge physics AND liquid nitrogen!


At the beginning of the 20th century Einstein published three revolutionary ideas that changed forever how we view Nature. At the beginning of the 21st century Einstein’s thinking is shaping one of the key scientific and technological wonders of contemporary life: atomic clocks, the best timekeepers ever made. Such super-accurate clocks are essential to industry, commerce, and science; they are the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS), which guides cars, airplanes, and hikers to their destinations. Today, atomic clocks are still being improved, using Einstein’s ideas to cool the atoms to incredibly low temperatures. Atomic gases reach temperatures less than a billionth of a degree above Absolute Zero, without solidifying. Such atoms enable clocks accurate to better than a second in 60 million years as well as both using and testing some of Einstein’s strangest predictions. This will be a lively, multimedia presentation, including experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today’s most exciting science.
Professor Bill Phillips won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for developments of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light. He currently works at NIST – the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland, USA.

Date: 26 November 2007
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Venue: Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibbles following the talk, and Bill will be available to answer any questions.
Got Questions? Contact Joel (0411 267 044 or [email protected]) or Nelle ([email protected]).

Please forward on this announcement to friends and colleagues. For further information or to subscribe to the mailing list, have a look at www.BrisScience.org or contact Joel Gilmore (0411 267 044, [email protected] or Nelle Ross [email protected]). Looking forward to seeing you on the night!

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  1. zebbidies spring
    November 23rd, 2007 at 20:03 | #1

    Thanks for the heads-up. Sounds fabulously interesting.

  2. Persse
    November 23rd, 2007 at 23:09 | #2

    It is to me incredible, that a century after Einsteins annus mirabilis, that we are still actively exploring the concepts and ideas generated by this great man.
    This will be a fascinating event.

  3. Persse
    November 23rd, 2007 at 23:11 | #3

    Though on looking at what you said again, surely it is liquid helium rather than nitrogen.

  4. chris`
    November 24th, 2007 at 05:35 | #4

    BrisScience is an excellent series of talks!

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