Dr. B. Cameron Reed (Emertius Professor of Physics, Alma College) is an expert on the physics and history of The Manhattan Project, the United State's Army's project to develop nuclear weapons during World War II. The Wayne State University Planetarium is delighted to host a lecture by Dr. Reed on March 7th at 7pm. This lecture, entitled "The Manhattan Project: how nuclear physics changed the world", will discuss not only the physics developed as part of this research, but also the organizational structure of the Manhattan Project and the impacts this research program had on society and the field of physics.
60 years ago on October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched the first satellite into orbit: Sputnik 1. This was the dawn of the Space Age. Today there are over 2000 satellites in orbit around the Earth, performing a variety of tasks for us. As normal as they seem to us today, they have only been part of humanity's existence for 60 years. Happy anniversary Sputnik!
A half century ago, John Wheeler challenged his students and colleagues to explore Geometrodynamics: the nonlinear dynamics of curved spacetime. How does the curvature of spacetime behave when roiled in a storm, like a storm at sea with crashing waves.