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Centennial News: Physics Festival: Mastering the Mysteries of the Universe

A summary of special events featured at the APS Centennial Physics Festival.

In celebration of physics of the 20th and 21st centuries, APS will host an ongoing outreach physics festival from March 15-27, 1999 in cooperation with cultural and educational institutions of Atlanta. In addition to events scheduled at the Georgia World Congress Center, festival events will also take place throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area including Olympic Park, school sites, theaters, museums and other public spaces. The Festival will have five main components:

1. Popular Topics Physics Lectures (Popular physics talks at the Georgia World Congress Center, plus locations indicated below, for arranged groups of students, teachers and meeting attendees.)

  • Physics of Dance: Ken Laws, Dickinson College (Atlanta Ballet)
  • Physics of Rainbow: Robert Greenler, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Physics of Brass Instruments: Brian Holmes, San Jose St. Univ. (Georgia St. Univ.)
  • Physics of Fractals and Art: Richard Voss, Florida Inst. of Tech. (Atlanta College of Art)
  • Physics of Sports: Richard Brandt, New York University (SciTrek Museum)
  • Physics of Star Trek: Lawrence Krauss, Case Western Reserve (Downtown Theaters)
  • Physics of Beer: Sid Perkowitz, Emory University (Local Brewery)

2. On-Campus Celebration Events

  • Science Communication Conference (Emory University)
  • Fractals and Chaos Symposium (Georgia Inst. Tech.)
  • Physics and Industries of the Mind Symposium (Georgia State)
  • History of Black Scientists (Clark-Atlanta)
  • Others (TBD)

3. Physics and Cultural Events in the Arts, Dance & Theater

  • Felice Frankel Photography Exhibit on Physics & Art (Fernbank Museum)
  • Microscape Photography Exhibit by Lucent Technologies (TBD)
  • New Plays on Physics Topics (TBD)

4. Physics Demonstrations (in Olympic Park, Atlanta Public Schools, SciTrek Museum)

  • Group from Florida State National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • Group from Hampton University
  • Third group to be determined

5. Renowned Public Speakers

  • Stephen Hawking (pending confirmation), University of Cambridge (Atlanta Civic Center)
  • More

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