Thermal Comfort, Quantum Communist, East Bay Hills History



Join Nerd Nite East Bay on Monday March 26th at Club 21 in Uptown Oakland (one block from 19th St BART) for:

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Engineering Thermal Comfort into the Built Environment
Questioning the Core of Quantum Physics with Communists
Tall Trees in the Wild West of the East Bay

Doors at 7, Talks at 8. Online Tix $8, $10 at door:

Questioning the Core of Quantum Physics with Communists
Quantum physics attempts to explain reality, but Heisenberg and Bohr’s famous “Copenhagen Interpretation” of quantum mechanics fails to answer some simple questions and paradoxes about the real world. A revolutionary second theory, encouraged by Einstein, answered many of these questions with faster than light “pilot waves” and instant connections between distant particles, but was weighed down by the Communist associations of the discoverer, David Bohm, and forgotten during Bohm’s exile to Brazil. Learn how Bohm’s theory simultaneously provokes backlash in the physics community and also provided inspiration for Bell’s Theorem and modern quantum information processing, all without killing Schrödinger’s cat.

Adam Becker is the author of What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics ( He has appeared on The Story Collider and is an astrophysicist and visiting scholar in the Office for the History of Science and Technology at UC Berkeley ( Adam once fought off a horde of feral geocentrists but still sometimes forgets that not everything revolves around him.

Turning Up the Thermo-State: Engineering Comfort Into the Built Environment
Creating comfortable spaces once relied on keeping a building’s temperature between 70 and 75 degrees, but modern engineering and architecture has expanded to include design decisions that create the sensation of thermal comfort even outside rigid temperature parameters. Learn about the differences between naturally ventilated vs. air conditioned buildings, and discover the modern engineering tricks that tweak expectations and manipulate mental perception to create comfort in the built environment, even for individuals with very different coziness requirements.

Jared Landsman is a Building Performance Engineer at Integral Group in Oakland, where he works on energy and comfort analysis for the built environment. Previously he researched passive architecture and thermal comfort at UC-Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (

Towering Trees and the Wild West of the East Bay
Before the Oakland Hills were dotted with million dollar homes they were truly part of the Wild West. Yankee bullwhackers, indigenous people of the Bay Area, and Californios of Mexican descent all lived and worked in the shadow of the massive redwoods, with trees taller than the Tribune Tower providing distinct ecological environments, timber, and even navigation aid to ships entering San Francisco Bay. Learn about the early dwellers of the East Bay Hills, the natural history of the Bay Area’s tallest trees, and how modern science reverse-engineered information from old sea captain hazard lines to discover the location of legendary Redwoods found in the early literature of the East Bay.

Amelia Sue Marshall is the author of East Bay Hills: A Brief History published in October by Arcadia/The History Press ( She is an engineering graduate of UC Berkeley and worked in nerdish jobs for the University until 2012. John Nicoles is a licensed forester who spent most of his career with the East Bay Regional Park District. Work on where the Navigation Redwoods once stood led to the designation of a state historical landmark in the Roberts Regional Recreation Area in the East Bay.

Plus pre-show games from 7-8PM with Ann-Marie Benz, beats from Citizen Zain, delicious food from Miss Arepita, craft beer from Uptown’s Club 21, books from Oakland’s Laurel Bookstore and brain-filling info from the Oakland Public Library.

Doors and games at 7PM, Talks Begin at 8PM. Tix: