Eric Cornell will give a one-hour informal presentation touching
on some on some of the most profound ideas in science. What does
"temperature" really mean? How does water "decide" whether it should be
liquid or solid ice? How can scientists say "the disorder of the
universe always increases", when we see examples all around us of beauty
and order coming newly into existence, seemingly spontaneously?
Although the lecture will cover some very sophisticated scientific
topics, Cornell's discussion will be largely qualitative and any math
used will be at the level of a high school sophomore science class.