Sigma Xi Orange County Chapter

November Meeting

November 21st, 2017. (Always on the 3rd Tuesdays of the odd-numbered months.)


8:00 PM: “We Have No Idea; A Guide to the Unknown Universe.”

The talk title is also the title of Dr. Jorge Cham’s and Prof. Dan Whiteson’s physics best-seller. Lucid, informative and entertaining. Everything a great book should be. This is going to be an eye-opening guided tour of our ignorance of the physical universe, an exploration of the boundary of our knowledge and beautiful clarification of those areas where we DO have understanding. (Buy the book; you’ll be glad you did.) Dan will keep you on the edge of your chair, chuckling. Get him to autograph your copy while you have him cornered!

About the speaker

Daniel Whiteson, Ph.D, was our speaker 5 years ago and now is Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at UCI, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and conducts research using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at UC Berkeley, was a Fullbright Fellow at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, majored in Physics and Computer Science at Rice University and had held a postdoc at University of Pennsylvania. He holds a joint appointment as Professor in UCI’s Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science and is Vice Chair of the UCI Department of Physics and Astronomy. He holds joint U.S./U.K. citizenship.

Social ½ Hour:

6:30 PM (no host bar). Come and meet the speaker and the other attendees.


7:00 PM – Reservation required. Fall Dinner, roasted breast of turkey with mushroom demi-glaze, scalloped potatoes, and assorted Julienne vegetables in butter sauce, tossed field greens with choice of dressings, assorted dinner rolls and creamery butter, pumpkin pie, freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, hot herbal tea. Vegetarian option available. Full bar service.

[Include your dinner preference (regular or vegetarian) with your check/reservation.]


Note the updated attendance and contact info, and the new dinner price.
Be sure to RSVP ASAP to ensure getting a seat!

Send your check (made out to Sigma Xi, Orange County Chapter), which must be received by Friday, November 17th, to

Dr. Peter Kurzhals
16944 Kawai Court.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2612

Paid-up members and their guests, $30; $35 for all others; $5 more if you pay at the door.

Dinner with no RSVP is $5 more and the entrée is whatever is available.

(Surprise attendees stress both the kitchen supplies and staff!)

There is no charge for attending the lecture only but

   (1) you won’t be admitted to the meeting room before 7:45, and

   (2) you must RSVP so we can have a chair for you!

Map and Directions

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport

In the parking lot, drive up to the front door. There will be no charge if you tell the valet parking attendants that you're going to the Sigma Xi meeting. Arrive early, as the parking lot sometimes fills up quickly.