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Do you have a soft spot for physics?

  • Sissy K's 4 Commercial Street Boston, MA, 02109 United States (map)

What does a physicist study? You might answer the Big Bang or the collision of the tiniest particles. Basically, we generally picture a physicist as Sheldon Cooper! However, the movements in a mosh pit and the deformation of a piece of Jell-O are branches of physics too! So join us to dive into the wonders of soft and active matter science!

Sissy K's has graciously donated a buffet for this event, don't miss out!

Note: this is a 21+ event.

Dr Aditi Chakrabarti (she/her)

Postdoc in soft matter Physics, Harvard University

Have a dive into Jell-O

Archimedes is famous for going out of his bath yelling “eureka”! He had understood how a body sinks or floats in a fluid depending on their respective densities. Now, imagine you replace the fluid by a very soft gel, what is going to happen to a heavy bead? Will it sink? Dr Chakrabarti will give you the answer while introducing you to her very cool soft systems! 

Dr John Berezney (he/him)

Postdoc in active matter physics, Brandeis University

Active matter physics: Building herds of spherical cows

Mosh pits, developing embryos, swimming bacteria: These collections of living objects organize into distinctive forms to engage and adapt to their environments. This talk explains the characteristics uniting these processes, re-envisioning both our descriptions of materials and how they can be used. The resulting scientific framework describes not just living matter, but also new, artificial materials which exhibit exhilarating properties liberated from the restrictions of being alive.

Event information:

  • Doors open at 7pm, and our event kicks off at 7:15pm.

  • Ticket costs are a donation to our non-profit Scientists Inc., thank you for contributing the science outreach in your area!

  • No cash will be accepted at the door, so be sure to buy ahead of time or bring your debit or credit card with you!

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Earlier Event: April 24
Have another helping of Science
Later Event: April 26
Sense-ational Science