The program included the following.
- Geri McGilvray (a painter) produced (and explained what she was doing and why) a portrait of Jessie Chen.
- Howard Lieberman and Dave Solhaug; Jason Marsh and his computer; Adam Kauk; and Andy Markham, Shawn Ellis, Chinh Tran, and Alan Spearot provided musical performances.
- Elzbieta Holsztynska discussed synergies between art and science.
- Birgitte Rasine read from her book “Confessions.”
Throughout, it was an enjoyable evening and an opportunity for informal innovation and learning.
I am pleased that people (who came for such a diverse program) took an interest in my talk, asked good questions, and (in effect) catalyzed dialog. Perhaps I met my goal (stated near the beginning of my segment) that people would gain as much insight about dark matter and dark energy as the insight of essentially almost anyone else today. (Of course, it might be good if the view I presented [and the patterns/theory behind it] were more widely known, substantiated, and accepted.) I ended with a request that people think of people who might want to participate in or around the research I have done.
Here is a copy of a note (received while I was writing this blog) from Howard Lieberman.
Thanks for the adventurous romp into an area where no doubt none of us have ventured. You managed to make an extremely obtuse topic fun and you looked like you were also having a good time. Also thanks for being a stalwart part of this ongoing SVII saga which you have contributed to in multiple ways for the entire time. Yesterday was really a pleasant surprise I love the idea of bringing the cosmic dance of physics in front of a diverse audience. After all who does not want to know what makes the universe tick? Maybe we should do more of this stuff. I doubt most people could handle three hours worth but the size of the bite, you and Jessie worked out was perfect.
Howard R. Lieberman
Silicon Valley Innovation Institute
1611 Borel Place, San Mateo, CA 94402 USA
I hope that soon I can provide links to video of the evening.
My thanks to Howard Lieberman for organizing and sustaining SVII; to Jesse Chen and Adam Kauk (among others) for supporting “my” segment of the program; and to Angelica’s Bistro in Redwood City, California, USA for hosting this event.
(My presentation was based on work discussed in my book Physics 642b: Patterns, Forces, Particles, and Stuff.)