1 August 2013 (Thursday)

Time

Activity

Presenter

Venue

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Registration

(Participants are expected to be seated by 9:30 am)

Chiang Chen Studio Theatre

9:30 am – 9:40 am

Opening by Ms Marjorie Yang Mun-tak, GBS, JP, Chairman of Council

9:40 am – 9:45 am

Presentation of Souvenirs by Prof. Philip Chan, Deputy President and Provost

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Open Science Lecture: “Stopping Time”

Time is of philosophic interest as well as the subject of mathematical and scientific research. Even though it is a concept familiar to most, the passage of time remains one of the greatest enigmas of the universe. The philosopher Augustine once said: "What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks me, I do not know." The concept time indeed cannot be explained in simple terms. Emotions, life, and death - all are related to our irreversible flow of time. After a discussion of the concept of time, we will review historical attempts to "stop time," i.e. to capture events of very short duration and then present an overview of current research into ultrafast processes using short laser pulses.

Prof. Eric Mazur

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Open Education Lecture: “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer”

"I thought I was a good teacher until I discovered my students were just memorizing information rather than learning to understand the material. Who was to blame? The students? The material? I will explain how I came to the agonizing conclusion that the culprit was neither of these. It was my teaching that caused students to fail! I will show how I have adjusted my approach to teaching and how it has improved my students' performance significantly."

Prof. Eric Mazur

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