Ask a Scientist: Curling

Since the US Men’s Curling Team won Olympic gold in 2018, interest in curling has been sweeping the nation and across the globe. While many have hurried to slide curling into their winter activities, few have looked into the hard science behind this icy game. This presentation will discuss the fundamental science of why a curling stone curls, why people are frantically sweeping the ice during a game, and touch on some of the hotly debated theories about the physics of curling. Dr. Seth King is an Associate Professor of Physics at UW – La Crosse, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UW – Milwaukee. Dr. King has curled for over 20 years, and has had modest success competing at the local, state, and national levels. When not curling Dr. King enjoys watching curling, talking about curling, and discussing what he should have done in previous curling games.

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages


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Wed. Apr. 17, 2019   7-9pm

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