EinsteinInstructor: Gerry Wheeler

Dates: Wednesdays; Oct. 28 to Nov. 18 Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: Albert Einstein is arguably the archetypical modern scientist. His ideas were revolutionary, changing to the core our understanding of space and time. But, Einstein was also interesting in other ways: He was a pacifist who encouraged President Roosevelt to initiate the Manhattan Project that produced the atomic bomb and then, years later, he regretted his action. In a way that is suitable for a non-mathematical audience, we will explore Einstein’s life and ideas from his formative years, to the development of the theories of special and general relativity, to his quest for a unified theory that explains everything. Class Format: Lecture and discussion
Readings: None required

Instructor Bio:

GerryWheeler-webGerry Wheeler received his BS from Boston University in science education and his PhD from SUNY at Stony Brook in experimental nuclear physics. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and mass-media work, including outstanding teaching awards from Temple University, the University of Hartford, and Montana State University. Wheeler is a past President of the American Association of Physics Teachers and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He co- authored a physics text for non-science majors entitled Physics – A Worldview.

Cost: $50 - member; $85 - nonmember

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust