Spoke on Dark Matter and Dark Energy, for NextNow

Recently, I gave two “Shedding Light on Dark Matter and Dark Energy and More” talks for NextNow.  One talk was July 18 in Berkeley.  The other was July 27 in Portola Valley.  (Each municipality is in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California.)  Here is a link to a video of the second talk.

I was pleased that “non-scientists” seemed genuinely interested and asked good questions.  I discussed (in non-science terms) research that attempts the following.

  • Suggest descriptions of dark matter and dark energy.
  • Explain quantum gravity and unify it with electromagnetism.
  • Compute the mass of the Higgs boson and suggest masses of neutrinos.
  • Suggest a basis for P violation, CP violation, … and reframe concepts of such violations.
  • Predict undiscovered elementary particles and basic interactions.
  • List known elementary particles and find new uses for the Standard Model.
  • Provide other results.

I was one of several speakers (4 in Berkeley and 8 in Portola Valley).  Each talk was limited to 5 minutes.  11 of the 12 presentations each had 20 slides, with an automated change of slide every 15 seconds.  The format is called Ignite.  Other speakers discussed software and patents (Randy Farmer), a youth program based on sailing and discussing STEM {science, technology, engineering, and mathematics} (Ian Andrewes, The American Youth Sailing Force), the future of NextNow (Jay Cross), the practice of happiness (Randy Taran – Project Happiness), chocolate and writing (Birgitte Rasine – Birgitte Racine’s author web site), how to write books (Joel Orr), and why smart is sometimes dumb and dumb sometimes wise (Prasad Kaipa).

I would like to thank Bill Daul, Jay Cross, and Tammy Chan for offering these speaking opportunities and recording video.  Bill started NextNow years ago.  I have been privileged to be a member.  Various people, including Jay and Bill, are helping to try to even more invigorate the group.

Coincidentally, CreateSpace (an Amazon.com subsidiary) listed my book, Physics Small and Vast: Basic Interactions (via Create Space), earlier on the day of my presentation in Portola Valley.  And, the book is now available via Amazon at Physics Small and Vast: Basic Interactions (via Amazon.com), Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, and Amazon.fr.

Thomas J. Buckholtz talks with NextNow (photo by Jay Cross)

Thomas J. Buckholtz talks with NextNow in Berkeley (photo by Jay Cross)

Thomas J. Buckholtz talks with NextNow in Portola Valley, July 26, 2013 (photo by Tammy Chan)

Thomas J. Buckholtz talks with NextNow in Portola Valley, July 26, 2013 (photo by Tammy Chan)

NextNow audience in Portola Valley (photo by Bill Daul)

NextNow audience in Portola Valley (photo by Bill Daul)

Setting up for Thomas J. Buckholtz to speak for NextNow in Portola Valley (photo by Bill Daul)

Setting up for Thomas J. Buckholtz to speak for NextNow in Portola Valley (photo by Bill Daul)

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4 Responses to “Spoke on Dark Matter and Dark Energy, for NextNow”

  1. Birgitte Rasine Says:

    Cool post Tom thank you! I love things that make my brain hurt. Dark matter is definitely one of them. :-)

  2. joelnorr Says:

    Tom, your presentation was illuminating (punnish reference intentional)! :-) Thank you for quickly blogging and bringing well-deserved attention to the magical NextNow group!

  3. Jennifer Cook Says:

    It was a rare treat and honor to meet you. I am so glad I was able to host the event and I certainly look forward to following your work (now that I know about it) more closely. I expect to see you on the TED site next!

  4. Bill Daul Says:

    It was fun to have you shine some light on dark matter! Great to have you part of our NextNow community. –Bill

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