Physics with a Bang!        2008
Physics with a Bang!
was a free Holiday Lecture & Open House that took place at the University of Chicago on December 6, 2008.  There were two lectures, one at 10am and one at 2pm.  The Open House included guided tours to physics & chemistry labs in the James Franck Institute, and hands-on interactive science demos for kids of all ages in our Demo Alley.  Overall, about 500 people attended.  This was the second year we have staged Physics with a Bang! and we plan to make it an annual event.
Physics with a Bang! was organized by the Chicago Materials Research Center and the James Franck Institute.  This year, it was co-sponsored by the University of Chicago as one of its kick-off events for the SCIENCE CHICAGO program, a year-long celebration of science across all of Chicago. The special high-speed video playback was made possible by the Keck Initiative for Ultrafast Imaging at the University of Chicago. Many thanks to Eileen Sheu for organizing the whole event, Dennis Gordon and Van Bistrow for expert preparation of the experiments and smooth operation of the lecture demonstrations, Arnab Banerjee for building the superconducting train set, Nathan Keim and John Royer for doing the high-speed videography, all students and faculty who participated in the Open House & Demo Alley as tour guides or demonstrators, and everyone else from various other university outfits for their help in making this year’s event work well.  Last but not least, thanks to Laszlo Frazer, Jinbo He, Beth Rooney, and Dan Silevitch for taking the pictures you can enjoy on the next pages (the photographer’s name is indicated below each image)....links to these pages are at the very top of this one.
Hopefully coming soon:  links to videos.....(in the meantime, check out last year’s here).