Vancouver Chapter Meeting: Maggie Koerth-Baker - "Putting the Fun Back in Infrastructure"

Event Details

Feb
20
Date & Time Monday, February 20, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Host BCSEA Vancouver Chapter
Region Vancouver
Location Railway Club
579 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1Y1
Contact Wyatt Baker
Join us as we welcome Maggie Koerth-Baker, author of the new book "Before the Lights Go Out." Maggie will deliver a talk titled "Putting the fun back in infrastructure: The electric system and the future of energy" Electricity just happens. Flip a switch, and the lights turn on. The system is reliable enough and invisible enough that it's easy to spend your entire life not knowing how it works, even though you use it every day. But in an age of limited resources and climate change, ignoring our electric infrastructure is a luxury we can no longer afford. The good news: Infrastructure is fascinating. Maggie Koerth-Baker explains how our flawed and surprisingly precarious electric system evolved, how it controls what we can and can't do to solve our energy crisis today, and what we can learn about the future of energy by studying its past.