A couple of weeks ago at the farmer’s market I ran into some undergrads who were doing science demonstrations on Capitol Square. I tried to get CJ to drop the ball into the beaker and displace some liquid, but he was too shy. While I was there, another guy wandered by to see what was happening — turned out he too was in the science popularization biz, and is running a series of science pub nights at Brocach downtown. This July 26, the guest is UW bio-anthro prof John Hawks, an expert in population genetics of early humans.
As it happened, CJ demanded we eat lunch at Brocach the same day. I’d never been in there before and wasn’t sure if it was OK to bring him in, but in fact the place is packed with strollers at Saturday lunchtime, and they have a kids’ menu. I had the corned beef hash, which was good, but — and coming from me, this means a lot — too big.
If you were a mathematician and you were going to talk at a science pub, what would you talk about?