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  7:30 pm, Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John's College

The Physics of Window Glass
and other everyday scientific mysteries that are deeper than you think

Jim Langer

University of California Santa Barbara

These are intellectually wonderful times for scientists. Our miraculous instruments allow us to see individual atoms and observe the outer edges of the universe; and we fly around the world with supercomputers on our laps. These research tools seem most exciting in quantum physics and cosmology, but they also are helping us solve everyday scientific mysteries that were completely out of reach until now. For example: What's the difference between a liquid and a glass? Why are no two snowflakes alike? How and why do things break? When we scratch the surface of such questions, they turn into deep research problems whose solutions may be important thoughout all of science and technology.

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