The 2018 Faraday Lecture has already concluded.
The information below is regarding the 2018 Lecture. (Information for the 2019 Lecture will be posted once available.)

Please enjoy the recording from the Wednesday, November 17 performance.


“Science You Can See (and Hear)”

Jumping rings, Chladni plates, electromagnets, standing waves, resonating pipes, and a large Rubens’ tube are just some of the things you will encounter during this year’s Faraday Lecture as the team of Colin Gould and Gregg Gould present “Science You Can See (and Hear)”.

The Gould team will perform a series of engaging, intriguing, and educational demonstrations using unusually large equipment, specifically designed to make various science principles clearly visible and audible to the audience. The demonstrations will be in two general areas –electromagnetic induction and sound – and audience volunteers will participate in a number of the demonstrations.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching science in action!

This event is free and open to schools and the public

Tuesday & Wednesday, November 13 & 14, 2018
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall – Oakland

The Tuesday lecture is primarily for middle school students (grades 7-8), with a limit of 100 students per school. (High schools are permitted to request up to 50 balcony tickets)

The Wednesday lecture is primarily for high school students (grades 9-12), with a limit of 40 students per school. (Additional tickets may be requested for either day and will be distributed as available.)

Two Ways to Attend:


    Tuesday, November 13: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    Middle School (limited to 100 tickets per school)
    High School (limited to 50 tickets per school)

    Wednesday, November 14: 10:15 am – 11:45 am
    High School (limited to 40 students per school)

    HIDE —


    Online reservations are now closed.
    To request tickets, please email:


    Tuesday, November 13, 2016: 7:00 pm
    Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

Attend the Lecture

Request tickets for your school for either Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s performance.

No tickets needed for the Tuesday night performance.

(Online reservations are now closed.)




Have a Question?

Cally Shouse

Faraday Lecture Sponsors

The Faraday Lecture is sponsored by the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP). Funding for the Faraday Lecture comes from Pittcon, a yearly conference and exposition serving the broad field of laboratory science.

The SACP and SSP are non-profit organizations dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region.

Lecture Outline

    Magnetism and Electromagnetism

    Permanent magnets (neodymium rare earth magnets) and the magnetism of

  • ferromagnetic materials
  • paramagnetic materials
  • magnetic fluids
  • Electromagnetic induction

  • electromagnets made from wire coils & ordinary batteries (electromagnet tug-of-war)
  • magnetic induction for levitation, braking, and acceleration
  • how an audio speaker works
  • Sound


  • transverse waves and compression waves
  • wavelength, frequency, amplitude, & nodes
  • Resonance and standing waves

  • large scale standing wave generator
  • singing rods and resonating tubes
  • Chladni plates – two-dimensional standing waves
  • Finale

    Various effects involving standing compression waves, flames, audio speakers, music, & more. The focal point will be a 4” diameter, 10’ long Rubens tube.

Lecture Resource Document


Colin Gould

Colin grew up in Washington, PA. Like his parents, he was curious about how things worked from a young age and developed an interest in science during middle and high school. After graduating from Washington High School, he attended Brown University and majored in chemistry. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley where his research focuses on molecular magnetism. Colin enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for science through teaching and hopes to pursue it as a career.

Professor Gregg Gould

Prof. Gould grew up in upstate New York where his interest in science and his general curiosity about how things work were strongly supported by his parents. He particularly enjoyed science and math classes in primary and secondary school. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Colgate University and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he worked for three years as a defense contract researcher in Los Angeles. He then accepted a faculty position in the Chemistry and Physics Department at California University of Pennsylvania. Now in his 28th year as a professor, he continues to be absolutely fascinated by the science of how things work and always enjoys sharing this fascination with others.