Thursday, 10th September 2015 (19:45 - 22:00)
"Aperture fever. Getting the most out of amateur and profession telescopes." Dr Mike Evans (Leeds University) demonstrates how a telescope works, and the limits that the laws of nature put on its performance. He discusses how interferometry can create a telescope as big as the world, as well as the practicalities of using an amateur 'scope
Speaker: Dr. R Mike L Evans
The Universe is a beautiful and fascinating puzzle. I am lucky enough to get paid for trying to explain how it works, and to model it mathematically. I am a theoretical physicist lecturing and researching in the University of Leeds, Department of Applied Mathematics.
With my research students, I study the statistical principles that link the physics of microscopic particles to the large-scale properties of the structures and materials that they form. The same principles of statistical physics govern clusters of proteins in the body and globular clusters of stars.