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Faraday Holiday Physics Lecture Will Dazzle the Adults, Amaze the Kids

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Monday December 2, 2013

Faraday Holiday Physics Lecture Will Dazzle the Adults, Amaze the Kids

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Attention calendar, community event editors. David Maiullo can be reached at 732-445-5500, ext. 3872 or maiullo@physics.rutgers.edu.

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WHAT: Sixteenth annual Rutgers Faraday Christmas Children’s Lecture

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday and noon and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday for lobby demonstrations. No show on Saturday because of the Rutgers football game.

WHERE: Physics Lecture Hall, 120 Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Free parking will be available in nearby lots 53 and 53A.

Mark Croft
Physics professor Mark Croft sends himself rolling across the room with a blast from a fire extinguisher.
BACKGROUND: The shows are based on the tradition of famous British physicist Michael Faraday, whose work in the early 1800s laid the foundation for the electric motor and electrical generation. His children’s Christmas lectures at London’s Royal Institution, which continue today, were designed to communicate to youngsters the excitement of scientific discovery during a season of joy and celebration.

Rutgers’ version is produced by Mark Croft, a physics professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, and physics support specialist Dave Maiullo. The demonstrations they will present are routinely used in university physics courses not just to inform students but also with an eye toward humor, exciting the imagination and emphasizing the fun in science.

David Maiullo
Physics demonstrator Dave Maiullo explains fluid dynamics with a smoke-ring cannon.
The shows are open to the public and free of charge. Early arrival is advised to ensure seating. Overflow seating will be available in a nearby classroom with a video link to the show. Also, for the first time, the lectures will be broadcast on the Rutgers YouTube page.

Further information, including images from past performances, driving directions and weather-related rescheduling, can be viewed here.

 

Editor’s Note:

Attention calendar, community event editors. David Maiullo can be reached at 732-445-5500, ext. 3872 or maiullo@physics.rutgers.edu.

Media Contact:
Carl Blesch
732-932-7084 x616
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