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Astronomy Open Night
Start Date: 12/16/2011Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 12/16/2011

Event Description:

Speaker: Fred Walter, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Stony Brook University

Topic: Innumeracy

In contemporary society, in general one is ashamed to admit to illiteracy. Yet no such stigma is attached to innumeracy, an inability (or refusal) to deal with numbers. Yet the ability to deal with numbers is a crucial skill in a technical age. This is not a lecture on mathematics, rather Prof. Walter will talk about how we deal practically with both very large and very small numbers. How do astronomers determine such quantities as the lifetime of the Sun, number of stars in the Galaxy, or the total mass of the Universe?
Location Information:
West Campus - Earth & Space Sciences Building  (View Map)
100 Nicolls Road
Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: 001

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