MOSH Planetarium Director Talks Physics of Time

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Thomas Webber, the fun loving, but clever director of the Planetarium at MOSH will be giving a lecture on Time. Time itself. What makes this unmissable is Webber's unique vantage point. Not only is he a theoretical physicist himself, but he is also a science writer for several publications over the past few years. His specialty: M Theory. The talk is one of those cross institution affairs, where a director at one museum will be featured at another one---in this case the downtown MOCAJacksonville. Join us after the jump for some details to this free talk!

(Jacksonville, FL) --The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, will welcome Thomas Webber, (who is not only the Planetarium Director at MOSH, but a also the science columnist for The Florida Times-Union and a bona fide theoretical physicist) as he takes visitors to MOCA on a journey that begins with the whole of the cosmos and ends in the smallest recesses of the atom.

This free program, “Taking the Time to Talk of Time,” will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 at MOCA and is being held in Conjunction with the Museum’s current featured exhibition, “SLOW: Marking Time in Photography and Film.”

The exhibit itself will run until Sunday, April 7.  It focuses on artists and works that engage photography, film, and video to explore questions of time and duration. SLOW: is a combination of photographs, films, and video works that pursue multiple approaches to the topic of Time.

Thomas Webber's presentation will be one of the supporting components of the show, which features the works of seven American and European artists whose approaches to this concept complement and challenge one another. Artists include: Eve Sussman, Kota Ezawa, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Chris McCaw, Idris Khan, James Nares, and David Claerbout.

“Over the centuries artists, poets, philosophers, lovers, and dreamers have all tried to describe and romanticize time,” said Webber. “But, how does science define time? Is it constant or fluid? Is it something that can be mastered and controlled?”

Known for his fun and engaging style, Webber will explore many facets of the subject, including common definitions and measurements. He’ll look at the science behind time, from classic mechanics to modern physics. Concepts like the fixed nature of time and even time travel will be considered.

representative model of M Theory

Thomas Webber is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he studied Theoretical High Energy Physics, specifically the particle-nature of gravity in M-Theory.  He is the Planetarium Director at the Museum of Science & History in downtown Jacksonville and the science writer for The Florida Times-Union. In his spare time Webber is a self-described “professional Trekkie” serving as a writer and technical advisor for an upcoming Star Trek fan-based series.

Seats for “Taking the Time to Talk of Time” can be reserved in advance at MOCA’s website: For more information about SLOW: Marking Time in Photography and Film and its related activities, visit or call MOCA at (904) 366-6911.
About the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

A cultural resource of the University of North Florida, MOCA Jacksonville promotes the discovery, knowledge, and advancement of the art, artists, and ideas of our time. Located at 333 N. Laura St. near Hemming Plaza, MOCA Jacksonville is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

About the Museum of Science & History

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Fountain Park. MOSH, first chartered in 1941 as the Jacksonville Children’s Museum, stimulates the joy of learning for visitors of all ages in science, astronomy and the history of the region. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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article by Stephen Dare