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Let There be Lightning:
A Highly Visible Form of Energy Transfer, Part II

by Bill Mikuska

SATURDAY, May 17, 2014 at 10 am

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE AND LOCATION The meeting will be held at the Mikuska residence, brunch will then follow at a nearby cafe

To be held at

Mikuska Residence Map
3005 Avenue Loire
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Brunch following the meeting will be at
Labriola Bakery Cafe Map
3021 Butterfield Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523


Contact Freddie Smith for Reservations / Cancellations at 312-842-7100 or Freddie@mcri.org by Noon THURSDAY, May 15, 2014

10:00 AM: Presentation
Hamlets's comment “Aye, there's the rub” best describes lightning. Lightning is enigmatic in that cosmic rays and radioactivity provide substance for cloud electrification through convection, and the friction between ice and water droplet collisions in the graupel-ice model for cloud electrification provide another. Reality is probably a bit of both. In this multi-part presentation, lightning’s history, awareness, and protection provide the links between the Earths electrostatics, microscopy, transient luminous events, thermo-nuclear attack/event detection and volcanic lightning among others. “Macek’s back was a sheet of light and my hand produced a shower of erupting sparks loud enough to be heard all over the place” said Nicola Tesla one evening about his pet cat. His father remarked that “this is nothing but electricity, the same thing you see on the trees in a storm.” Tesla wondered “Is nature a gigantic cat? If so, who strokes its back?”

Bio Sketch: Bill C. Mikuska received his BS and MS in chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology with emphasis in physical chemistry and chemical physics. Research studies included gas-surface interactions by molecular beams and X-ray induced defects in alkali halide crystals. A 30 year teaching career at Triton College followed where he engaged students to use polarized light microscopy in independent study projects. He was president of the State Microscopical Society of Illinois for 9.5 years and has received the Emile Chamot award. Bill is also a fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society. He taught classes in polarized light microscopy to high school students, high school and middle school teachers, and engineers at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and at the Argonne National Laboratory. Most recently he became a member of the Rowfant Club, a bibliophilic society founded in Cleveland in 1892. His interests range from classical music (organ performance and practice), Venetian and French glass, antique bronzes, art, meteoritics, mineralogy, and botany.


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