Topics in Science (SC 210). Class presentation available for viewing.

Click here to view the presentation from the April 17 class meeting: SC 210 TOPICS IN SCIENCE Tajima


From the perspective of physics professors and engineers, we will explore two very different topics that are of interest to inquiring minds: How religion and science can coexist, and the future of fusion energy. In our fusion class, we will learn about work being done in Orange County towards making virtually unlimited energy a reality.

Monday, April 10: Science and Religion

Science and religion are often viewed as pursuits that are in conflict with each other. But, at their heart, both are about asking deep questions into the nature of reality. In this presentation, we explore the big questions around reality, such as creation and the nature of free will, and present how approaches from science and faith intersect on these challenging issues.

Presenter: Professor Michael Dennin,

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education, UCI.

Monday, April 17: Approaches to Nuclear Fusion

Lecture 1: Nuclear Fusion Energy:

What is nuclear fusion and why the interest? Various routes to fusion: magnetic confinement, colliding beams, and inertial confinement.  What are the differences and who is involved?  What is the historical perspective?

Presenter: Martin Cooper, Ph.D., former Senior Technical Advisor, Department of Energy, including the Fusion Energy Division, and OLLI STEM committee member.

Lecture 2: Fusion with a Particle Accelerator:

UCI has been at the forefront of integrating the concept of fusion with a particle accelerator. This technology can produce an entity more stable with higher energy than just hot plasma.


Toshi Tajima, Professor (see the presentation above)

Norman Rostoker Chair

Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCI, and Chief Science Officer, Tri-Alpha Energy


Dennis Silverman


Mondays, April 10 and 17

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


The Irvine Station-Onken






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