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Splash at Northwestern: May 25th, 2024!

NU Splash Biography

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College: Northwestern

Major: Physics, EECS, ISP

Year of Graduation: 2013

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Past Classes

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S100: Physics of the Apocalypse in Splash 2011 (Apr. 02, 2011)
As we approach 2012, you may be wondering: Is the world going to end? And if so, how? Will it be awesome? Hollywood has provided us with an inspiring collection of global catastrophes, ranging from flash freezing the surface to gigantic fiery asteroid impacts to distinctly one-sided human vs. alien wars. But could they actually happen? In Physics of the Apocalypse, you'll learn about the physical reality behind (literally) earth-shattering events, and how the seemingly ridiculous might be more possible than you think. We'll compare Hollywood-depictions of global disasters to their real-life scientific counterparts, providing you with an understanding of the physically correct – but certainly no less spectacular – ways that our planet might meet its (possibly fiery) end.