Mtg&Talks: “The Periodic Table: A Work of Ages”&”Synthesis of Chemical Elements”
March 2, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
At the Warren Astronomical Society’s Cranbrook meetings, we spend the first hour or so of the meeting on club business and observing reports, then have two presentations, one short and one full-length.
Main Talk: “The Periodic Table: A Work of Ages” by Theodore Gray
The periodic table has been an inspiration since its outlines were first published 150 years ago. At first an inspiration for scientists to fill in its missing pieces. Then an inspiration for students to learn about the rich patterns and symmetries of chemistry. Now an inspiration to all of us as an example of what can be accomplished when a community of dedicated researchers works together over a span of seven generations to complete a task that only the last few could hope to see finished in their lifetime.
Theodore Gray is the co-founder of Wolfram Research, Inc, makers of Mathematica, and the author of The Elements, the internationally best-selling book and App on the beauty of the periodic table, translated into 25 languages. He is the creator of the BAFTA award-winning, 2013 iPad App of the Year Disney Animated, and proprietor of https://periodictable.com and https://mechanicalgifs.com . His most recent project is a book on the functional beauty of mechanical devices, published in the fall of 2019.
Short Talk: “Synthesis of the Chemical Elements” by Dale Partin
Dr. Dale Partin introduces us to the processes by which chemical elements are “cooked up” in astronomical processes – by fusion in stars, by supernovae, and more!
Immediately after each Cranbrook meeting of the Warren Astronomical Society, a number of Club members go to the Redcoat Tavern (31542 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48073) for food and/or drink and informal chat. Guests are also invited to join us there.
Directions: Head south on Woodward. The Redcoat will be on your left, on the east side of Woodward, two blocks north of 13 Mile and just north of Burger King. Make a Michigan left and find parking either in front or the large back lot.
If you would like to present either a short talk (10-15 minutes) or a full-length talk (45-60 minutes) at a future meeting, please email Dale Partin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The views expressed in presentations are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent, and should not be attributed to, the Warren Astronomical Society.