PHD Comics Lecture: We Have No Idea


Special Lecture Event Features Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

NOTE: Event postponed due to the Harvey impact to Houston.

The creator of PHD Comics, Jorge Cham, and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson will present a public lecture at the University of Houston on Saturday, September 9, at 11 am.

Jorge ChamIn a talk titled, “We Have No Idea,” Cham and Whiteson will discuss the big mysteries of the universe.

We Have No Idea

Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

A fun presentation that combines science, humor, and live drawing, inspired by Cham and Whiteson’s new book, “We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe."

When: Sat, Sept 9, 11 am

Where: University of Houston, 3517 Cullen Blvd, Science Engineering Classroom (SEC) 100 (map)

RSVP via Eventbrite: phd-comics-we-have-no-idea.eventbrite.com

This event is organized by the UH Department of Physics and sponsored by the UH CPH Lecture Series.

Parking Information

Parking is available in the visitor's section of the Stadium Parking Garage, located on Holman Street, near the corner of Cullen Blvd and Holman Street. The weekend parking fee is $5. The garage is across Cullen Blvd from the meeting location.

About “We Have No Idea”

We Have No IdeaHumanity’s understanding of the physical world is full of gaps. Not tiny little gaps you can safely ignore —there are huge yawning voids in our basic notions of how the world works. PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson team up to explore everything we don’t know about the universe: the enormous holes in our knowledge of the cosmos.

Armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and unusually entertaining and lucid explanations of science, they give us the best answers currently available for a lot of questions that are still perplexing scientists, including:

  • Why does the universe have a speed limit?
  • Why aren’t we all made of antimatter?
  • What (or who) is attacking Earth with tiny, superfast particles?
  • What is dark matter, and why does it keep ignoring us?

It turns out the universe is full of weird things that don’t make any sense. But Cham and Whiteson make a compelling case that the questions we can’t answer are as interesting as the ones we can.