Presentation: Emmy Noether: Mistress of Nature’s Laws
Title: Emmy Noether: Mistress of Nature’s Laws Speaker: Ransom Stephens, Ph.D. A   speech   for   nonscientists   who   are   interested   in   science,   its   history   and   the   role   of   women   in   science   and mathematics. Each   speech   is   customized   to   address   the   specific   needs   of   the   audience.   Past   audiences   include   high school   students   and   teachers,   college   students,   adults   at   popular   science   events   in   cafes,   museums, community centers, bars, and even atop a mountain! “Entertaining and inspiring. Ransom’s knowledge is astounding and clearly stated.”  -Julaina Kleist Description: A   female   Jewish   intellectual   in   Nazi   Germany,   Emmy   Noether   made   perhaps   the   most   significant   discovery of   the   20 th    century.   Noether’s Theorem   ties   the   laws   of   nature   directly   to   the   geometry   of   space   and   time,   the very    fabric    of    reality.    It    is    the    basis    for    all    modern    physics    theories,    from    the    “Standard    Model”    to Superstrings, and is the keystone of the origin of mass problem and the search for the Higgs Boson.             Two   things   should   bother   you   about   Noether’s   Theorem:   (1)   how   come   so   few   people   have   heard   of Emmy   Noether?   and   (2)   why   isn’t   her   theorem   well   known   to   lovers   of   science?   With   the   help   of   <   The Sponsoring organization> Ransom Stephens solves these problems on <date of event>. “Great for a person with interest but little background knowledge.” -Linda Darly-Reid This speech helps participants understand: Who Emmy Noether was, her personal trials and the impact of her work The nature of physical law and the relationship between space and time and the laws of nature The origin of mass problem and the search for the Higgs boson at Fermilab and CERN “I thought it was terrific! Informative and hip.” -Robert Porter Details: This 50 or 75 minute presentation requires a PC-compatible projector. “I think Ransom might be Hermann Weyl or another of Emmy's friends and mentees reincarnated, come back to share her story so she finally takes her rightful place in history.”-Thoi Pham Speaker Bio: Ransom   Stephens,   Ph.D.,   is   a   professor   of   particle   physics   turned   writer   and   speaker.   He   has   worked   on experiments   at   SLAC,   Fermilab   and   CERN;   discovered   a   new   type   of   matter   formed   by   the   fusion   of   two photons,   made   the   most   precise   measurements   of   rare   bottom   quark   decays   in   the   world,   and   was   on   the team   that   discovered   the   top   quark.   His   novel,   The   God   Patent   ( www.TheGodPatent.com ),   is   set   in   the battle   between   science   and   religion   over   the   nature   of   the   soul   and   the   origin   of   the   universe.   It   features   a character based on the turn of the century mathematician, Emmy Noether. “Excellent! Just enough math and science to be interesting without being overwhelming for those who lack a physics background.” -Andrew Lawrence, MENSA.
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