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Nerd Nite

Nerd Nite

Friday, August 25, 2017
Time: 6-10pm
Price: $15

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The Science of Pinball Success
The amazing plays, "bad luck” and bright lights of the best pinball games are guided by principles of geometry, pattern recognition, physics, mechanical engineering, material properties and hand-eye coordination. Learn about simple scientific tricks to game geometry and manipulate math to free up free balls in your own pinball adventures from Pacific Pinball Museum Founder and Executive Director Michael Schiess.

Man’s Mental Mechanical Machinations
Humans push to mechanize the world around us, hoping to surround ourselves with a fantastic future driven by a predictable, clockwork universe. Learn about the history of the human drive to automate reality and ponder if this human belief structure will continue or could abruptly change in this presentation by Camie Bontaites of the Chabot Center’s OpenScienceLab and the ArmchairGalactic blog.

The Forgotten Coney Island of the West
Built from remnants of the Pacific Panama exhibition, the world famous Neptune Beach amusement park once lined the East Bay. Neptune Beach had the world’s largest swimming pool, championship boxing, celebrities, and a roller coaster that provided stunning views of the Bay. Learn about the historic rise and fall of the amusement center known as "The Coney Island of the West”, plus get a rollicking history of Chabot and East Bay observatories in this talk by Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos, collaborators on several East Bay and SF history books, including East Bay Then & Now and Lost Ballparks, their most recent release. Dennis and Eric also lead history-themed walking tours, host www.oaklandhistory.com and co-publish the only locally owned Alameda newspaper, the Alameda Sun.