common misconception 8 — where’s the educational deficiency?

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Misconception: Astronomers are well-trained in electric phenomena and have always known about the electric currents in space. Answer: As a general rule, astronomers do not receive well-balanced education from universities. If physics curricula and set priorities were designed from the experience of the world, instead of mathematical formalism, they would …

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special events

Special events will include a Fractal Friday show at the science museum, food trucks for lunch,  a play on Buckminster Fuller, demonstrations by Mr2Tuff2, and a private EU-Geology tour.   Admission to the opening session on Thursday evening is FREE to the public. 6:00 Social Hour 7:00 Welcome by Dr. Bill …

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innovative experiment prize(tm), page 3

Caveats and Complementary Notes Dendritic or “tree-like” patterns typical of lightning and electric discharge are common throughout the natural world. Many of these are poorly understood. The most fully acknowledged instance geographically is the branching ravine pattern of fluid erosion. But the subject of the Dendritic Ridge Experiment reveals the opposite characteristic: …

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innovative experiment prize(tm), page 2

Dendritic Ridges–An Electrical Interpretation In 1777, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg demonstrated the lightning-like dendritic patterns taken by dust on non-conductive surfaces subjected to electric sparks. In honor of his contribution, these electrical patterns came to be named “Lichtenberg Figures.” Lichtenberg experimented with variations in the observable effects of electric sparks to …

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