Opening Minds 2013

 

Harry Kroto shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckyballs, the third form of carbon.
In 2004 he joined FSU's Chemistry and Biochemistry Department where he carries out research into advanced
functional materials and cluster science as well as improving STEM Education worldwide.

Dan Riley is an author of books dealing with major issues in society.

Mark Riley is the Raymond K. Sheline Professor of Physics and former Chair of the Physics Department at FSU.
He is currently carrying out state-of-the-art research in fundamental nuclear science.

 

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1. Créativité Sans Frontières

2. C60 Buckminsterfullerene: The Celestial Sphere that fell to Earth

3. Science, Society and Responsibility

4. The Birth of Natural Philosophy and its Prodigal Son: Science

5. The Educational Revolution and the GooYouWiki World

6. Generation Atheist: 25 Personal Journeys

7. Across the Universe: Tales of Mystery and Imagination from the Fascinating World of Modern Physics

 

 

 

Créativité Sans Frontières - Harry Kroto

 

 

In this presentation, "Creativity" is explored phenomenologically - rather than

conceptually(!). Examples are taken from across the whole spectrum of human

achievement, from the arts to the sciences and the common factors explored.

 

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C60 Buckminsterfullerene: The Celestial Sphere that fell to Earth - Harry Kroto

 

 

The discovery of C60 (the "Buckyball"), a cage molecule with the same pattern as a

modern soccer ball, is described. Diamond and graphite, the two other forms of

carbon, have been known for millennia and yet this third molecular form was only

discovered near the end of the 20th Century.

 

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Science, Society and Responsibility - Harry Kroto

 

 

The fantastic usefulness of science in creating our modern world has obscured the

fact that it is intrinsically a cultural concept involving the need for evidence to

determine Truth with any degree of reliability. This aspect is responsible for the

conflict between many scientists and those who rely on dogma for authority. The

ethical issues related to our precarious dependence on technology are also

probed.

 

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The Birth of Natural Philosophy and its Prodigal Son: Science - Harry Kroto

 

 

"Common Sense" was needed to survive but often it does not provide the right

answers for the way the Universe works. This lecture probes the traumatic events and

brave scientists responsible for the difficult birth of Science. To really appreciate a

culture one must learn the language and as Galileo pointed out, when the Universe

speaks, the language is mathematics.

 

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The Educational Revolution and the GooYouWiki World - Harry Kroto

 

 

The Internet is the second great revolution in education; the first was the invention of

the printing press. Not only is information today almost instantaneously locatable

and accessible but anyone with expertise and the passion to communicate can

contribute to the amazing globally-accessible cache of knowledge.

 

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Generation Atheist: 25 Personal Journeys - Dan Riley

 

 

The human journey is an emotional quest for truth and meaning. Countless books

have described such journeys through the eyes of people who concluded their

search with devotion to God, salvation by Jesus, or commitment to religion.

However the zeitgeist is changing in America and Worldwide; many questioning and

thoughtful people now find truth and personal meaning in an alternative, non-

mystical perspective. Dan describes 25 such journeys by young people from his book

"Generation Atheist " which highlight this paradigm shift in society.

 

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Across the Universe: Tales of Mystery and Imagination from the Fascinating World of Modern Physics - Mark Riley

 

 

Mark describes exciting recent Physics advances from the discovery of the Higgs

Particle, to how the chemical elements we are all made of were created, to the

grand mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Mark presents these issues at the

exciting frontier of our understanding in a way which gives an insight into the

excitement that modern physicists feel about these major puzzles.

 

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