aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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stephen hawking coming to the paramount
Posted by dav at 2005 October 6 08:36 AM
File under: Events

Dr. Stephen W. Hawking is doing a short lecture tour (apparently all the way from San Jose to Oakland). Anyone else interested in attending? It ain't cheap ($35-$125), but it seems like a rare opportunity. I'm looking at the November 10 gig in Oakland and considering an $85 seat.

Hawking Rethinks Origin of the Universe I

n two, rare public appearances, at a moment of revolutionary change, world-renowned cosmologist Dr. Stephen Hawking presents a popular lecture entitled "New Perspectives on The Origin of the Universe" at the Center for Performing Arts in San Jose on Monday, November 7th, and at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, Thursday, November 10th, 2005. Both events begin at 8pm.

Paramount Theatre in Oakland tickets are currently on sale and available through TicketMaster online or at 510-625-TIXS.

Professor Hawking holds the prestigious Lucasian chair at Cambridge University, once held by Sir Isaac Newton. Hawking is one of the early developers of the theory of black holes and author of the international best-selling book A Brief History of Time.

Cosmology is making a paradigm-shift in thinking about the formation of stars, galaxies, black holes and, indeed, about the origin of the universe itself. Seventy percent of the universe is a strange 'dark energy'. The cornerstone theory of gravity itself must be reconsidered.

NASA's Swift satellite, in just the last few months, has revealed startling new details of black hole formation. The Swift observations challenge us to consider a dramatically different view – one that entails multiple explosive outbursts not just a single bang, as previously thought.

Hawking – at the forefront of research on both black holes and the origins of the universe – presents for us his working hypotheses.
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