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.

Math of the 2016 Election

This article contains the pdf of the lecture that I am giving to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Irvine, on Dec. 6, 2016.  It started as the math hidden in the primaries, but got delayed until after the … Continue reading

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OLLI Presentation on Discovery of Gravitational Radiation, Using Video by Barry Barish

This is my one hour long Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Irvine presentation on the Detection of Gravitational Waves, using the YouTube talk by earlier LIGO leader Prof. Barry Barish at Cal Tech. I start with a short description … Continue reading

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Enough of Trump Endorsing Murderous Dictators in Exchange for Trump Towers

Enough of Trump Endorsing Murderous Dictators in Exchange for Trump Towers As Bernie Sanders would say to Trump, “enough with endorsing dictators”, which Trump does to get their approval for local tower builders to host the Trump name, and for … Continue reading

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SETI, Teaching Life in the Universe, and the Trump Presidency

SETI, Teaching Life in the Universe, and the Trump Presidency It’s odd how things come together, except it may take you a while to realize it.  My two current preoccupations have been teaching “Life in the Universe”, using four video … Continue reading

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Is Trump wishing to Arrest, Imprison, and Banish All Protesters From His Kingdom?

Is Trump Wishing to Arrest, Imprison, and Banish All Protesters from his Kingdom? It seems odd that Trump, out of nowhere, started tweeting about prosecuting US flag burners with a year in prison, and loss of citizenship.  Neither of these … Continue reading

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Trump Continues to Assault Free Elections, and Californians’ Voting Rights

Trump Continues to Assault Voting Rights, and Californians’ Voting Rights Just one day after my last article, in which I warned that Trump will again assault our election rights and our voting rights in the future, he struck again.  In … Continue reading

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Donald Trump Has Consistently Challenged Our Freedom of Elections and Voting

Donald Trump has consistently challenged our freedom of elections and voting. Throughout his campaign, which he won by the way, Trump has consistently challenged most aspects of the election system, when he thought that he might lose something.  (This seems … Continue reading

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California Universities in the Times Higher Education Employability Rankings

The Times Higher Education Employability Rankings have come out, and, as usual, we list the top ten, followed by the California University campus rankings.   We list the United States Rankings.  The top 10 include Cal Tech and Stanford.  The rankings … Continue reading

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Challenges to Our Freedoms Under President Trump

Challenges to Our Freedoms Under President Trump   The accounts of Cuba under Castro remind us that Cubans left Cuba and the US put sanctions on Cuba because of its Communist government and lack of basic freedoms. This includes freedom … Continue reading

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Donald Trump Suckered the NY Times on Climate Flexibility

Donald Trump Suckered the NY Times on Climate Flexibility Donald Trump is one of the world’s greatest con-men and audience pleasers.  I’m sure he would be flattered by that statement.  When he was interviewed by the NY Times yesterday, he … Continue reading

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