Science faction

Time to bust out your pocket protector-there's a plethora of geeky gatherings going down this week.

LET’S GET PHYSICS, Y’ALL Woit visits Caf Scientifique.

LET’S GET PHYSICS, Y’ALL Woit visits Caf Scientifique.

Caf Scientifique

FREE Rialto, 265 Elizabeth St between Houston and Prince Sts (212-334-7900). Subway: R, W to Prince St. Tue 6 at 7:30pm. Columbia math professor Peter Woit, author of Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law, argues against the in-vogue hypothesis at this installment of the monthly salon.


FREE Location One, 26 Greene St between Canal and Grand Sts ( Subway: A, C, E to Canal St; C, E to Spring St. Wed 7 at 7pm. If “people doing strange things with electricity” appeals to you, check out this monthly meeting of designers, engineers, students and scientists. Tonight, Tom Roe and Galen Joseph-Hunter introduce free103point9, a nonprofit group devoted to transmission arts, a genre that includes experimental work in radio and video art, light sculpture and other creative expressions that utilize the electromagnetic spectrum.

“Mysteries of Science: The Missing Link”

92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5500). Subway: 6 to 96th St. Wed 7 at 7pm, $30. Dr. Adriana Aquino, a research associate in the American Museum of Natural History’s ichthyology department, discusses the recent discovery of a 375-million-year-old fossil of Tiktaalik roseae, a large, scaly fish thought to have walked on land. Hmm...sounds like a marketing ploy to promote The Little Mermaid’s upcoming Broadway debut.

Nerd Nite NYC

Orchid Lounge, 500 E 11th St between Aves A and B (212-254-4090). Subway: L to First Ave. Thu 1 at 7pm, two-drink minimum.Do we continue to generate new brain cells throughout our lives? Tonight, Madeleine Johnson discusses the theory of adult neurogenesis (yay!) and its links to schizophrenia (boo!). Then, writer Neil Janowitz reminisces about our favorite time suck, Tetris.

The Physics of the Buffyverse

FREE CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave at 34th St (212-817-8215). Subway: B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, W to 34th St--Herald Sq. Thu 1 at 6, 8pm. Author Jennifer Ouellette draws on the characters, concepts and plot lines of seminal supernatural drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and its spin-off Angel) to explain black holes, quantum mechanics and other fundamental concepts of physical science. Funny, most of our understanding of the universe comes from Lost.

Secret Science Club

FREE Union Hall, 702 Union St at Fifth Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-638-4400). Subway: M, R to Union St. Wed 7 at 7:30pm. Theoretical physicist Janna Levin (A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines) explores transfinite arithmetic, curved space-time and naked singularities in her talk, “Cosmology and Unsolvable Mysteries.” Is it hot in here or is it just us?