NOVEMBER 2-5, 2017

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Nov

We Have No Idea?

Jorge Cham Daniel Whiteson

11/02/2017 - 6:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to spelunk through the enormous gaps in our cosmological knowledge, armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and unusually entertaining and lucid explanations of science.

 

In We Have No Idea, they explore the biggest unknowns in the universe, why these things are still mysteries, and what a lot of smart people are doing to figure out the answers (or at least ask the right questions). While they're at it, they helpfully demystify many complicated things we do know about, from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. With equal doses of humor and delight, they invite us to see the universe as a vast expanse of mostly uncharted territory that's still ours to explore. This entertaining illustrated science primer is the perfect book for anyone who's curious about all the big questions physicists are still trying to answer.

 

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

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02

Nov

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Dan Egan

11/02/2017 - 7:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

The Death and Life in the Great Lakes is an ode to the majesty and history of this national, natural treasure. Egan, a master reporter and storyteller, begins with European explorers arriving at these shores for the first time in the 1600s. Egan takes the reader deep beneath the lakes’ shimmering surface to illuminate the ongoing and unparalleled ecological unraveling of the continent’s most precious natural resource, all while retaining a sense of awe and respect for their immensity and danger: “A Great Lake can swallow freighters almost three times the length of a football field; the lakes’ bottoms are littered with an estimated 6,000 shipwrecks, many of which have never been found. This would never happen on a normal lake, because a normal lake is knowable. A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.”

 

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

04

Nov

The Kelloggs

Howard Markel

11/04/2017 - 10:00am

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

John Harvey Kellogg was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast.
 

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04

Nov

Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds

B. J. Hollars

11/04/2017 - 11:00am

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

After stumbling upon a book of photographs depicting extinct animals, author and UW-Eau Claire English professor B.J. Hollars became fascinated by the creatures that are no longer with us; specifically, extinct birds.  How, he wondered, could we preserve so beautifully on film what we’ve failed to preserve in life? Join Hollars for a reading from “Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds” as well as a conversation on what we can do to save threatened species, including ourselves.

 

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

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Nov

The Inheritace

Niki Kapsambelis

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death in the top 10 without a way to prevent, cure, or even slows its progression. Today an estimated 24 to 36 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s, 5.3 million in the United States alone.  These numbers continue to swell with the “silver tsunami,” a generation of baby boomers whose health demands could wreak devastation on an already burdened system. If science doesn’t find a way to stop or prevent this global health crisis unfolding before our eyes, the population affected by this disease will triple by 2050, with a cost to Americans of $20 trillion in today’s dollars.  

 

The Inheritace -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 12:00pm</span>

04

Nov

The Close Encounters Man

Mark O'Connell

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

One man can arguably be credited with bringing our fascination with alien life into modern times, and that man is Dr. J. Allen Hynek. The Close Encounters Man is the definitive biography of an often misunderstood and misrepresented figure in UFOlogy. Responsible for (among many other things) coining the phrase “close encounters of the third kind,” Dr. Hynek is a controversial figure on both sides of the UFO debate, to say the least. He enthusiastically debunked UFO reports on behalf of the Air Force for years. Then, he recanted. His agonizing transformation from skepticism to true believer is one of the great misunderstood and misreported stories of science.

 

The Close Encounters Man -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 12:00pm</span>

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Nov

Not A Scientist

Dave Levitan

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 02

You can be sure of one thing in politics: politicians always have scientific facts on hand—sometimes with their fingers crossed. No matter the complexities of climate change, infectious diseases, pollution, or vaccines—it’s easy to justify almost any position with the help of infallible scientific experts. The recent election season was no exception: every candidate claimed deep expertise on specialized subjects from fisheries to fracking. Trouble is, as journalist Dave Levitan demonstrates in his book Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science, there are many ways to misread the data—and our friends in Washington turn out to be very creative readers indeed. It was Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator himself, who made famous the disingenuous humblebrag “I’m not a scientist, but…” And thus, a rhetorical monster was born.

 

Not A Scientist -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 12:00pm</span>

04

Nov

The Geography of Madness

Frank Bures

11/04/2017 - 4:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

The Geography of Madness is an investigation of “culture-bound” syndromes, which are far stranger than they sound. Why is it, for example, that some men believe, against all reason, that vandals stole their penises, even though they’re in good physical shape? In The Geography of Madness, acclaimed magazine writer Frank Bures travels around the world to trace culture-bound syndromes to their sources–and in the process, tells a remarkable story about the strange things all of us believe.

 

 Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

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Nov

The Water Will Come

Jeff Goodell

11/04/2017 - 5:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica, and each tick upwards of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster. By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time. Yet despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution-no barriers to erect or walls to build-that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it.

 

The Water Will Come -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 5:00pm</span>

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Nov

The War On Science

Shawn Otto

11/04/2017 - 6:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

“Wherever the people are well informed,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “they can be trusted with their own government.” But what happens when they are not? In every issue of modern society—from climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense—we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress and a simultaneous expansion of danger. 

 

At the very time we need them most, scientists and the idea of objective knowledge are being bombarded by a vast, well-funded, three-part war on science. The result is an unprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters, policymakers, and justices actively ignore the evidence from science, leaving major policy decisions to be based on the demands of the most strident voices. Shawn Otto’s provocative book investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons for why and how evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise, and offers a vision, an argument, and compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses, before it’s too late.

 

The War On Science -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 6:00pm</span>

05

Nov

The Genome Factor

Jason Fletcher

11/05/2017 - 10:00am

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

 

For a century, social scientists have avoided genetics like the plague. But the nature-nurture wars are over. In the past decade, a small but intrepid group of economists, political scientists, and sociologists have harnessed the genomics revolution to paint a more complete picture of human social life than ever before. The Genome Factor describes the latest astonishing discoveries being made at the scientific frontier where genomics and the social sciences intersect.

 

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