Poster designed by Cindy Wang.

Poster designed by Cindy Wang.


And beer. A worthy combination. This month’s installment of Nerd Nite East Bay features a delicious talk on π Day by Exploratorium superstar Matthew “Herbie” Harman, an exploration of how science is portrayed in the cinema by Kevin Peter Hickerson (a scientist who consulted for the movie Thor), and you’ll be relieved by former Nerd Nite Madison Boss Lee Bishop’s discourse on urination.

DJ Citizen Zain, Rick, Rebecca, and the Oakland Public Library will all help stimulate the drinkifed learning.

Monday 2/23/2015
Doors at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm, show ends at 10:30 pm
The New Parkway, 474 24th St, Oakland
(less than half-a-mile from the 19th St BART)
All Ages

3.14.15 9:26:53 by Matthew “Herbie” Harman

This year will be the most significant π Day of our lifetimes!  Irrational and transcendental, π is perhaps the most famous of non-algebraic numbers.   Find out how this circle constant come to be so well revered that it has its own holiday.  Capture a glimpse into the conflict between π and “the other circle constant”.  You’ll hear about some of the history of π, the origins of the holiday, and we might talk about what makes a good pie.
Though not a mathlete, Herbie talks about π every day. Fully immersed in Bay Area Nerd culture, Herbie is also the Junior Assistant Deputy of the Organizational Fun Uberty and Kenaphobia Club (O-FUKC) at the Exploratorium. He has a lifetime of experience eating a variety of delicious pies. Pie is such a perfect food, isn’t?  Oh, I digress. It’s so challenging to write about oneself in the third person and not feel like a braggart.   How about this? I promise you’ll learn something and at least crack a smile during my talk.  Or your money back!* Herbie is the most wonderful, charming, smart, and humble man.

* You won’t actually get a refund.↩

The New Interstellar Stars of Hollywood: Black Holes, Worm Holes and Warped Time by Kevin Peter Hickerson

With 5 Oscar nominations, Interstellar clearly wowed movie goers. Even more impressive is how much real science went into the plot development and visual effects. Hollywood is taking notice and pure fantasy is taking a back seat to a new form of realism with jaw-dropping adventurers based on real science. With the help of real scientists, black holes, worm holes, dark matter and time travel are all bursting their way to blockbusters screens.

Kevin is a Physicist, Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Comedian, and a science consultant for films like Marvel’s blockbuster, Thor. His research is on neutrino and neutron physics, building experiments in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Gran Sasso, Italy. Kevin lectures around the world and while mostly technical, he also gives publicly accessible talks about important popular topics like Solar Power, the Higgs Boson, Dark Matter, Neutrinos and Science in popular fiction.

Urination Explanation: The History and Chemistry of Pee by Lee Bishop

Pee!!! Jokes about it will never stop being funny and facts about it will never stop being interesting!  This talk will explain what pee is, why it is yellow, why it smells, how humans have used it to learn more about the nature of the universe, and how it connects us with the rest of life on earth. Get ready for an unruly undertaking of urinary utterances!
Lee Bishop is a PhD chemist and professional science enthusiast. Lee is the co-founder of Nerd Nite Madison and occasionally writes about sciencey stuff on his blog Science Minus Details. When not plotting his years-in-the-making blog series about poop, Lee writes middle school science curriculum at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Lee loves to pee.