Library film series examines natural world

September 05, 2008

The Friday Flicks film series begins soon in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library, and this semester features topics ranging from molecular research to Escher's art. Movies are screened from 3:35 to 4:35 p.m. every Friday (unless noted) in 211 Davey Lab, inside the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library, 201 Davey. For information, visit The schedule follows:

-- Sept. 12: "Achieving the Unachievable," a look at the work of M.C. Escher and how it relates to mathematics, in particular his work “Print Gallery."

-- Sept. 19: "About Time," explores the meaning of time as seen through the eyes of poets, philosophers and scientists through the ages, and traces the development of time measuring and time-keeping instruments; "The Mother of All Collisions: Dynamics of Impacts," from bumper cars to particle physics, what do the fundamental laws of collisions have to tell us about the big and the very small?

-- Sept. 26: "100 Greatest Discoveries: Astronomy," another program from the series 100 Greatest Discoveries focuses on 13 major discoveries in astronomy.  Bill Nye, "the science guy," visits remarkable locations and speaks with notable scientists about historic and modern discoveries.

-- Oct. 3: "Molecular Universe: Chemistry and Life," a look at the foundation of life on Earth and innovations that improve the lives of humans; "Molecular Universe: Cauldron Earth," innovations in energy and use of natural resources are the focus of this program, which showcases research into the chemical makeup of geological and biological materials.

-- Oct. 10: "Molecular Universe: Nature's Chemistry," this program focuses on how studying the insect world can improve communication and manufacturing technology; "Molecular Universe: Medicine and Molecules," discoveries in medical and surgical technologies are the focus of this program from the development of aspirin to the recent creation of smart plastics.

-- Oct. 17: "Molecular Universe: Magic Materials," looks at how synthetic materials can influence art and industry; "Molecular Universe: The Future of Chemistry,"
What benefits will emerge from molecular research in the coming years? Cutting edge technologies, "green" genetic engineering, and global awareness are topics covered in this program.

-- Oct. 24: "Infinite Secrets: The Genius of Archimedes," follows the tumultuous history and attempted restoration of the lost writings of Archimedes known as "The Method."

-- Oct. 31: "Seeing in the Dark," an inspirational account of amateur astronomy, science author Timothy Ferris introduces viewers to the wonders of the night sky in this highly visual film.

-- Nov. 7: "100 Greatest Discoveries: Physics," Hosted by "science guy" Bill Nye, the program from the series 100 Greatest Discoveries focuses on 13 major discoveries that shaped modern physics. 

-- Nov. 14: "Light: Everything You Need to Know -- The Wave Nature of Light," the first in a five-part series on our scientific knowledge of light told through computer animation, this program provides a history of human knowledge from its earliest roots to modern electromagnetism.

-- Dec. 5: "Light: Everything You Need to Know -- The Special Theory of Relativity," this program focuses on Einstein’s conclusions about the speed of light and his conception of time.

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