Today was a one in a million day here at Penn. During class we had Dr. Rick Van Berg come and talk about astronomy and also had Dr. Randy Kamien come to discuss topology. I found both of the talks to be fun and interesting and I thought that both of the doctors did an outstanding job of keeping the audience engaged and interested rather than just going over the facts. Dr. Berg’s presentation went over the components of the new telescope that is under construction in Chile which has the potential to revolutionize the astronomy world. I found it exciting that when he told us about the plethora of new job opportunities that will become available after the telescope is finished in 2018. After Dr. Berg was finished, Dr. Kamien began his topology presentation. He focused on liquid crystals which are what make up LCD’s and the screens of every Smart phone or tablet. Dr. Kamien did a superb job of fusing the math and physics of his field while making it interesting at the same time.
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After class today, I went to the Franklin Institute in downtown Philadelphia to visit the Spy exhibit. It was a really interesting exhibit that showcased all of the clever inventions and tools made for spies during the cold war. There were a lot of unique devices used in espionage like the umbrella gun or the rifle camera. I didn't want to go at first because I think that I’m getting sick, but I went anyway so that I could enhance the experience here on the East Coast while it still lasts. At the exhibit, there was a laser maze challenge that I attempted multiple times. After a few goes I slammed into a wall while doing an action roll while trying to get around a narrow opening in the laser field. It looked good for the cameras that everyone was watching on so I guess that made everything all right. Tomorrow we get to go back to the Franklin Institute for physics. It will be hard to beat today's experience, so I say good luck to the science exhibit.
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