Adam Savage, co-host of the science-focused TV show "MythBusters," holds a special lecture with Sonoma State University Physics Professor Jeremy Qualls on Monday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.
"Adam Savage has a passion for physics and has done some similar things that we do in the Sonoma State Physics Department," says Qualls, who will help weave through a special Q&A session with Savage. "We love to think critically and explore topics that we don't know all the details to and find some really interesting answers."
Savage was the cohost of the successful "Mythbusters" series along with Jamie Hyneman from 2003 to its conclusion in March this year. The show tested the science behind popular myths, including "Could Jack and Rose both have survived on the wooden board in 'Titanic'?" (yes) and "Does a goldfish really have a memory of three seconds?" (No, it's more like five months.)
Qualls is no stranger to this world -- he also has experience busting some myths himself. When students asked if dipping golf balls dipped in liquid nitrogen and then bringing them back to temperature would impact performance, he put it to the test. "Turns out that when we put the golf balls in liquid nitrogen, they exploded exactly in half," says Qualls. "It made a pretty big mess, but it was also pretty fun. Who knew?"
Qualls, whose courses include Physics of Toys and Physics of Martial Arts, hopes this event inspires the audience to consider a career in science like physics. "Physics is a discipline that answers questions," he says. "It simplifies them, looks at what the most important thing is and then tries to analyze it and get to the root of it."
Photos: Adam Savage (top) and Jeremy Qualls.