Join theoretical physicist, astronomer, and professor at the University of Missouri, Sergei Kopeikin in a discussion of Mars and human viability.
Paul Verhoeven's (Robocop, Showgirls, Starship Troopers) legendary action satire finds Arnold Schwarzenegger's Quaid bored of his blue-collar Earth-based existence. Despondent, he opts for luxury neurosurgery—implanting virtual memories of an adventure to Mars, replete with neo-noir trappings. When the procedure goes haywire—with a real escape to the red planet becoming a matter of survival—what's real and what's part of the program become blurred.
About the Speaker
Sergei Kopeikin is a USSR-born theoretical physicist and astronomer presently living and working in the United States, where he holds the position of Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He specializes in the theoretical and experimental study of gravity and general relativity. He has worked out a complete post-Newtonian theory of equations of motion of N extended bodies in scalar-tensor theory of gravity and derived the Lagrangian of the relativistic N-body problem. Also an expert in astronomical reference frames and time metrology, his theories have been adopted as a standard at the International Astronomical Union. Kopeikin has published 198 scientific papers and 2 books. He was an editor of two other books on advances in relativistic celestial mechanics.