Tyndall Lectures 2019

The Physics of Waves by Tom McCormack

Tyndall Lectures 2019

Ever wondered how Shazam works? Or Autotunes? Or perhaps wondered why we believe the universe started with a big bang? Surprisingly the answer to these questions have a common thread - music.

Music and physics have always been close cousins. From Kepler’s description of the planets using musical harmonies to modern string theory, where all the world is a vibration.

We will see how simple concepts in waves and music help us understand the everyday world around us and also help us peer into the distant corners of the universe.

Along the way there will be plenty of interactive demonstrations and audience participation.  

Tom McCormack has a PhD in atomic physics and is a lecturer in physics in UCD. His research interests range from the interaction of lasers with atoms to novel semiconductor light sources to innovative teaching and learning methods.  

Tom is highly interested in the promotion of science and is actively involved in many physics outreach projects at UCD from transition year events and workshops to school visits. His outreach activities have brought him as far as the Arctic where he spent two weeks on a sailing ship performing a series of experiments to help illuminate his lectures.

DateLocationVenueContact name, number and email
Friday 18
January

Cork

UCC
12pm + 2pm

Aileen McCarthy or Nini Schwart
(Job-share)
physics@ucc.ie
Tel 021 490 2013

Monday 21 
January

Dublin

UCD
12pm + 2pm

Angela Dunne O'Toole
angela.dunneotoole@ucd.ie
Tel 01 716 2213

Tuesday 22 
January

Carlow

Carlow IT
12pm
Yvonne Kavanagh
yvonne.kavanagh@itcarlow.ie
Tel 059 917 5709

Wednesday 23 
January

Waterford

WIT 
12pm

Gabriel Gallagher
ggallagher@wit.ie
Tel 051 302 645

Friday 25 
January

Limerick

UL
10am + 12pm

Josephine Hogan
Josephine.hogan@ul.ie
Tel 061-202578

Monday 4 
February

Sligo

ITSligo
12pm

Eileen Armstrong
armstrong.eileen@itsligo.ie
Tel 071 930 5531

Thursday 5 
February

Derry

Foyle College 
11.40am + 2pm

Sandra O’Connell
sandraoconnell77@hotmail.com
Tel +44 79898 90331

Wednesday 6 
February

Belfast

QUB
2pm

Outreach Secretary 
mp.outreach@qub.ac.uk
Tel +44 28 9097 3533
Book online at https://bit.ly/2qzbcrd

Friday 8 
February

Galway

NUIG
12pm

physics@nuigalway.ie
Tel 091 492 490


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