McLennan Physical Labs
May 23 and 24, 2020
The Doors Open theme this year is music and there will be lots for you to see and hear at McLennan Physical Labs:
Sonic Orbiter - An interactive projection exhibit that lets people play the craters on the moon like a musical instrument!
Public Talk (Saturday at 2pm) – “The Physics of Music and Harmony” - What is music, and why does it sound so good? Professor Jason Harlow will explain what sound really is, and how a simple pressure wave on our eardrum is leads to our rich experience of musical sound.
Bounce – A screening of a short film by Lee Hutzulak, featuring a physics-inspired jazz saxophone composition by Quinsin Nachoff.
Historical Acoustical Instrument Display (Saturday only) – A collection of equipment made from between roughly 1878 and 1890 by Parisian physicist and musical instrument maker Rudolph Koenig.
Musical Physics Demos for all ages – singing bowls, flaming tubes, Theremin, and more.
*Massive telescopes and weather permitting, telescopes will be open to view the sun.
*Visit the 15th floor balcony that has a panoramic view of downtown
* access by stairs only