|Dr. Piccioni's presentations
provide public access to the entire range of modern physics &
We live in a fascinating time: the Golden Age of Astronomy and
Cosmology. More has been learned in our lifetime about stars, galaxies,
black holes and the universe than in the entire prior history of
Unfortunately, many people don't have the opportunity to appreciate
these great discoveries, because real science is often shrouded in
complex math and technical jargon and popularized science is often so
watered down as to be almost meaningless.
Dr. Piccioni presents Real Science for Real People. Rather than
"dumbing it down”, he carefully translates frontier science into plain
English using exquisite cosmic images and simple, informative graphics.
He has presented the wonders of our universe to over 300 non-technical
audiences on three continents, from grade-schoolers to retirees. His
students at the Osher Institute voted Dr. Piccioni “Teacher of the
Dr. Piccioni will be delighted to speak to your audience. His
presentations can be customized to accommodate your group's interests
and time constraints.
Our Place in the Universe
- Hardly anyone has
failed more often or faced more rejection
- How did Einstein
overcome these challenges to become the most famous scientist in
- What were his
discoveries and how do they impact our lives every day?
- In plain English, what
do his theories really mean?
- What is “our Universe”?
- How big and how old is
- How much does it
- What is it made of?
- Where do we fit into
the grand cosmic scheme?
Can Life Be Merely An Accident?
- Science has discovered
that Life is the most remarkable phenomenon in the universe.
- What are the physical
requirements for any form of Life?
- What are the odds
these requirements were satisfied by random chance?
- How improbable
are: a viable universe; Earth; and DNA?
Universe: the Known and
- What has science
learned about the universe?
- What don’t we know?
What might we never know?
- What came before and
how will it end?
- What is expanding and
- What is science?
- What are the strengths
and limitations of science?
- What is the “God of
- The remarkable
similarity between Genesis and the Big Bang
- Science and Faith both
search for Truth; they can compliment one another.
Relativity for Everyone
- Some say Einstein’s
Relativity is the greatest achievement of the human mind.
- How do Newton’s and
Einstein’s theories of gravity compare?
- How does the
Equivalence Principal make Relativity simpler?
- How does a simple
expression, 2M/r, describe the salient features of black holes, the
expanding universe, and the intriguing properties of time?
Particles and Quantum Mechanics
- Why does the
submicroscopic world seem so strange?
- Why does the
micro-world lack diversity?
- What are the smallest
pieces that comprise everything we see?
- What are nature’s four
- How do ramps and
staircases explain quantum mechanics?
- What is reality in the
to the Dark Side: Dark
Matter and Dark Energy
A World Without Einstein
- Why do we know so
little about 95% of the universe?
- What is the evidence
for dark matter and dark energy?
- What do we know about
them and what don’t we know?
Stars, Energy and Black Holes
- What products and
technologies depend on Einstein’s discoveries?
- What would our world
be like without them?
- If Einstein hadn’t
existed, would someone else have made the same discoveries?
- Why do stars shine?
- How many stars are
- Can stars show us how
to make clean, cheap energy?
- What happens when
stars die in cataclysmic explosions, leaving exotic remnants such as