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Feb 9

Columbia University Lecture – Reconstructing History Atom by Atom

February 9 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST

Join Columbia University for their lecture series on Friday, February 9, 2024 with Dr. David Helfand. By utilizing the basic building blocks of matter as imperturbable little clocks, we are now able to reconstruct in detail a remarkable range of human and natural events. From detecting art forgeries to dating archeological sites, and from laying out a history of Earth’s climate to probing the origin of the Universe itself, atoms provide us with a precise chronology from the beginning of time to the moment humans emerged to contemplate such questions.

We will start the evening at 6:00pm with some astronomy trivia, followed by Dr. Helfand’s talk. From 7:10pm – 8:10pm, we will be outside stargazing on College Walk (weather permitting). This event is free and open to all — stay only as long as you want. If you plan to attend this event, please fill out the RSVP form at tinyurl.com/columbia-astro-feb2


The lecture will take place in Pupin Hall 301. Signs will be posted to direct you to the lecture hall, and general directions to Columbia and Pupin Hall can be found under the “Directions” tab. Outdoor observing/stargazing will take place on College Walk, the portion of 116th street crossing through Columbia’s main campus; we will walk down to College Walk as a group following the lecture and Q&A. Telescopes and binoculars will be provided by Columbia Astronomy.

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February 9
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
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Columbia University
538 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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