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The Joy of Physics – Arthur Wiggins (Grand Rapids)

August 11, 2010
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


For those who have always wanted to discover the joy of physics, this is what you’ve been waiting for. Many people remember their struggles with the topic in high school and have wished for the right opportunity to gain an appreciation of this significant area of knowledge. Now is your chance. Physics professor and popular science writer Arthur W. Wiggins will give a fun-filled, entertaining, and truly educational tour of this all-important science.

What makes the study of physics so worthwhile? Wiggins says that, despite its reputation for difficulty, physics has an enormously ambitious goal, which appeals to people’s innate curiosity: to understand the workings of the entire universe, from the smallest quarks to the largest galaxies. Learning and comprehending as much as we can about the inner and outer workings of the universe is what evokes the joy of physics.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Arthur Wiggins

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics, Oakland University

The universe’s workings have always fascinated Arthur Wiggins, so it’s no wonder he gravitated – eventually – to physics. After earning a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Notre Dame, he worked as an engineer while pursuing part-time graduate studies at the University of Michigan. One dissertation short of a PhD, he landed a job teaching physics at Oakland University. This challenge kept him busy for 37 years, and he enjoyed every nanosecond of it. Interactive lectures, labs, problem-solving sessions, tutoring, even grading essay questions all served to deepen his appreciation of how others also struggle to understand the universe. Often working with his long-term friend Charles M. Wynn, he decided to write books that would help people “get” what science is all about. Since he firmly believes enjoyment and understanding often go hand-in-hand, the books feature cartoons (mostly by Sidney Harris, America’s premier science cartoonist), diagrams, accessible language, and occasional mild humor. In retirement, Arthur and his wife Barbara enjoy family, travel, bicycling, bridge, tennis, and those addictive crossword puzzles.