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Amsterdam Nerdnite: The return of the nerds

We are thrilled to announce the second edition of the Amsterdam Nerdnite! Come along on April 21st at 8.30 pm (doors open: 8pm) at the CREA Musictheater, Turfdraagsterpad 17, Amsterdam and tune in to role playing and weighing stars.


Esther Wertwijn – ‘Weekend Heroes’

What is role- playing?  What’s the difference between a tabletop- game and a mmorpg? Why do people feel the need to dress up and hit each other with foam-mattress-clad-weapons? All these and more questions will be answered in a short exposé about nerdy entertainment in this and other worlds. Brought to you by an ex-adept with a soft spot for gaming.

Esther Wertwijn has studied Philosophy of Language (UvA), occasionally plays the violin (or a game) and aims at travelling as much as possible.

Jason Hessels – ‘How do you weigh a neutron star using a clock?’

Neutron stars are more massive than the Sun, but all their matter is squeezed into a sphere not much wider than Amsterdam.  In fact, they’re so dense that a single teaspoon of neutron star material would weigh more than everyone on Earth combined.  Still, inferring something as basic as a neutron star’s mass is hard work – after all, they’re really, really far away and we can’t exactly go there with a scale.  I’ll explain how we can determine a neutron star’s mass by treating it like an ultra-precise cosmic clock and what this can teach us about how gravity and particle physics works.

Jason Hessels is a research astronomer at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) in Dwingeloo.


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