Author Archives: Dennis SILVERMAN

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.

Trump: The King of Pursuing Witch Hunts

Trump: The King of Pursuing Witch Hunts Everyone knows that Trump is the leader in pursuing witch hunts, and especially in starting them, all to his political advantage. We can start before his Presidential race with the birther movement of … Continue reading

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Isn’t It Time for the President to Get a Science Advisor?

Isn’t It Time for the President to Get a Science Advisor? Donald Trump is about to enter into face-to-face negotiations on perhaps denuclearizing North Korea, or the Korean Peninsula. Nuclear weapons development and testing, ICBMs, nuclear reactors, and nuclear fuel … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Defense, Donald Trump, Iran, North Korean Nuclear Agreement, Nuclear Weapons, Science Funding, State Department, Trump Administration, US Intelligence Agencies, White House | Leave a comment

What a Fine Predicament This Is: CA 48th and the Top Two Ballot

What a Fine Predicament This Is: CA 48th and the Top Two Ballot I spent a lot of time and posts analyzing the 2016 Presidential race, partly for its bizarro arithmetic. I once pointed out that the effect of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 California Primary, 2018 Midterm Election, California Democratic Primary, Dana Rohrabacher CA 48th, Donald Trump, Governors and State Legislatures, Offshore Oil Drilling, Trump Administration | Leave a comment

Trump Has Made the Department of Defense into Climate Liars

Trump Has Made the Department of Defense into Climate Liars In a DoD report on Climate-Related Risk to DoD Infrastructure, Initial Vulnerability Assessment Survey (SLVAS) Report, drafters have removed the 23 mentions of “climate change”. This is what the report … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Climate Science, Coastal Flooding, Coastal States, Department of Defense, Donald Trump, Houston Flooding, Infrastructure, Military Budget, Trump Administration | Leave a comment

Homage to Richard Feynman on His Hundredth Birthdate

May 11, 2018, would be the physicist Richard Feynman’s hundredth birthday.  I gave a talk to OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) on him in 2012.  I never referenced it appropriately on my list of topics.  But to pay homage to … Continue reading

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Solar Neutrinos and UC Irvine’s Reines Neutrino Group

Solar Neutrinos and UC Irvine’s Reines Neutrino Group This was intended to be a short lecture to the UC Irvine OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) to accompany Alex Filippenko’s The Teaching Company lecture 49 of the series Understanding the Universe:  … Continue reading

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Solar Fusion by Quantum Tunneling

Solar Fusion by Quantum Tunneling This is supposed to be a short OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) lecture to accompany the Teaching Company Lecture 48 by Prof. Alex Filippenko.  His lecture is entitled “How Stars Shine — Nature’s Nuclear Reactors. … Continue reading

Posted in Fossil Fuel Energy, Nuclear Energy, Particle Physics, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Fusion, Wind Energy | Leave a comment

Trump’s Lies: 3,000 X 3 X 23 X 2, or 3,000 X 2 X 2.8 million

Trump’s Lies: 3,000 X 3 X 23 X 2, or 3,000 X 2 X 2.8 million Let us look at the total effect of Trump’s lies by the end of his term of office, compounded by the best liars in … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 Midterm Election, Affairs of State, Air Quality, Congress, Constitution, Donald Trump, Endangered Species Act, EPA, Humor, Politics, Regulations, Secrecy, Secretary of the Interior Zinke, Trump Administration, Trump Taxes, Trump Truthiness, White House | Leave a comment

The Probability of Science-Based Science Fiction Scenarios in the History of the Universe

The Probability of Science-Based Science Fiction Scenarios in the History of the Universe Our thesis is that there are so many habitable planets, that essentially any scientifically allowable science fiction scenario will actually occur somewhere, sometime in the history of … Continue reading

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Trump Awards Himself “His” Nobel Peace Prize

Trump Awards Himself “His” Nobel Peace Prize In several talks in the last few days, Donald Trump, our erstwhile President, has claimed “His” Nobel Peace Prize, for being the one who brought the Korean War to an end, and denuclearized … Continue reading

Posted in Affairs of State, Al Gore, Climate Change, Climate Education, Climate Science, Donald Trump, Economies, Humor, Nobel Peace Prize, North Korea Nuclear Threat, Nuclear Weapons, Paris Climate Accord, Paris Climate Agreement, State Department, Trade With Mexico, Travel Ban, Trump Administration, Trump on Climate Change, Trump Truthiness, Trump Wall, Trump's Mental Health, United Nations, White House | Leave a comment