Public Lecture Celebrating Stephen Hawking
Scientists and science enthusiasts are mourning the passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the great minds and spirits of our time. In this introductory, non-technical talk, astronomer Andrew Fraknoi will briefly summarize Hawking’s life, and talk about the importance of his scientific work. He’ll focus particularly on Hawking’s work merging the world of the big and heavy (described by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity) with the world of the small and light (described by quantum mechanics). Then he’ll describe how this merger led to the idea of mini black holes, “Hawking Radiation,” and the bizarre notion that black holes don’t have to be fully black. No background in science or math will be required, but be prepared to have your mind boggled.
Andrew Fraknoi retired as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College in 2017. He teaches non-credit astronomy classes through the University of San Francisco Fromm Institute and San Francisco State’s OLLI program. Mr. Fraknoi was named Professor of the Year for the state of California in 2007 and appears from time to time on the radio explaining astronomy in everyday language. He is the lead author of a new, free, open-source, introductory astronomy textbook, published by OpenStax, and has written two children’s books on astronomy, including When the Sun Goes Dark. Asteroid 4859 has been named Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science. He has made TV appearances including The Today Show, MSNBC, CBS Morning News, and Larry King Live.
Join us for a post-talk reception in the Performing Arts Center lobby for light refreshments and to meet the speaker. He will gladly sign any of his many books.
Cost: $25 (benefit for the College Emeritus program for retired people)
Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Rd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523