Nerd Nite #78: Algorithmic Art, Punishment, Gravity Waves

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At Nerd Nite East Bay see how art is created from math, learn what really works when punishing humans, and prospect the universe for gold using gravitational waves!

The Beautiful World of Algorithmic Art and Mathematical Visualizations

In a rapid fire, nerdy art extravaganza, Roger Antonsen will zip through a world of strange, quirky, and beautiful mathematical visualizations. Enjoy Celtic knots, random walks, trees, bubbles, chaos, cats, automata, and more! Learn about how our understanding of mathematics and algorithms can be used to explore new, exciting artistic forms and structures, which often rely on numbers and relationships hidden just below the surface.

Roger Antonsen is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oslo, and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. He enjoys all things at the intersection of mathematics, philosophy, and computer science. You can find his web page at https://rantonse.no and his Twitter on https://twitter.com/rantonse

You’ve Been Bad: What Science Says About Punishment and Human Behavior

The last decade has brought a long overdue reexamination of retribution as a criminal deterrent, with a growing acceptance that modern criminal justice policy rooted in ancient morality and religious traditions may not be as relevant in the modern world. Learn about the direct connections between the Bible and policies still in force today. Then see the real statistics that support (or refute) shaming, caning, community service, the death penalty, and incarceration, and learn the lessons this new data holds for crime prevention, parenting and even pet-rearing.

Sara Yousuf was an Assistant Public Defender in Miami for thirteen years, defending indigent clients from charges ranging from cannabis possession to first degree murder. She now works with The Justice Collaborative, a national nonprofit working to reduce incarceration in America through policy, advocacy and media. Sarah enjoys Scrabble, origami, and highly recommends Dolly Parton’s autobiography.

How Einstein’s Gravitational Waves Discovered Gold and Explored the Universe

Scientists have recently developed a new way to explore the universe, using gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein nearly a century ago. See how these waves illuminate some of the most exotic objects in the cosmos, including star corpses and neutron stars. Then learn how these new techniques recently solved one of the enduring mysteries of the universe, identifying the interstellar source of the gold, platinum, uranium, and even Californium that we now have on earth.

Eliot Quataert studies black holes, plasma astrophysics and galaxy formation as a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at UC Berkeley. He received the Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy and was named one of the first Simons Investigators.

With music from DJ Rubberband Girl, drinks from Club 21, eats available for purchase from Grilled Cheese Guy, and info from the great Oakland Public Library.

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Club 21 doors and drinks at 7PM, TALKS BEGIN AT 7:30PM! 21+.
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