47th Regular DAMOP Meeting
May 23-27, 2016 • Providence, Rhode Island
Thursday, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Convention Center, Battelle Ballroom North
Following dinner, DAMOP prizes, awards and fellowships will be presented.
The after dinner talk will be given by Lawrence Weinstein, author of Guesstimation: Solving the world’s problems on the back of a cocktail napkin (with John Adam) and Guesstimation 2.0: Solving today’s problems on the back of a napkin (soon to be a major motion picture), both published by Princeton University Press. He also edits the monthly Fermi Problems column for the journal The Physics Teacher. Weinstein is Professor of Physics at Old Dominion University. In his spare time, he smashes atoms at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility for which he was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Talk Title: Guesstimation: Solving the World’s Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin
Abstract: Why don’t we all drive electric cars? Does it really matter if you don’t recycle that plastic water bottle? If the Sun were made of gerbils, would the Earth be incinerated? How can we answer these questions without relying on experts? This talk will cover the principles of estimating, introduce the “Goldilocks” categories of answers, and then look at some of the big (and small) questions of our time, including: Paper or plastic? Gasoline or electric cars? Should we pee before flying?