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UTAS Physics Lecture Theatre 1, Sandy Bay campus

April 2018

From Mad Scientists to Eco-Warriors: The changing image of scientists in fiction and film

April 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Adjunct Associate Professor Roslynn Haynes School of English, Media and Performing Arts, University of New South Wales For approximately 600 years, from 1380 to 1980, scientists or their predecessors, the alchemists and natural philosophers, fared ill at the hands of writers and, later, film makers. They were obsessed to the point of madness, or evil, amoral, arrogant, impersonal, and inhuman. At best, they were well intentioned but blind to the dangers of forces they barely controlled. They were Faustus and…

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March 2019

Cosmic Voids: What’s in there?

March 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Universe on its largest scales (i.e. scales of billion of light years) has the form of a web. The cosmic web permeates the entire Universe. On these cosmic scales matter is distributed along filaments. The nodes of the cosmic web (where the filaments cross) are occupied by clusters and groups of galaxies. In one such place our own galaxy resides. Cosmic voids are places between filaments. These are vast, seemingly empty regions, almost devoid of galaxies. Cosmic voids could harbour hundreds of thousands…

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