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03-03-2009

Arrows of Time at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe March 11

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"Arrows of Time" will be discussed by Clarkson University Professor of Physics Larry Schulman at the next Science Cafe at Jack & Wezzie’s Coffee House (formerly Fields Coffee House) in Potsdam Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Join Schulman in a dazzling excursion into the very underpinnings of science as he discusses one of its greatest mysteries: time. science cafe shulman

Science Cafes bring together scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, where a guest scientist makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

In describing his presentation, Schulman says, "Physical law, with a probably irrelevant exception, is time-symmetric. Why isn’t life? The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is that your coffee cools because the universe is expanding. (Although, as Mrs. Singer says in Annie Hall, "You’re here in Brooklyn! Brooklyn is not expanding!")."

Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat, or to place your food or drink order.

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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