Eyring Science Center

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Eyring Science Center
ESC Eyring Science Center.jpg
General information
Type Educational
Location Provo, Utah
Coordinates 40°14′51″N 111°39′01″W / 40.24750°N 111.65028°W / 40.24750; -111.65028Coordinates: 40°14′51″N 111°39′01″W / 40.24750°N 111.65028°W / 40.24750; -111.65028
Completed 1950
Design and construction
Architect Fred L. Markham

The Eyring Science Center (ESC) is one of the science buildings on Brigham Young University campus. It was built in 1950 and named after Carl F. Eyring in 1954.

The Eyring Science Center houses the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Geology, and Food Science and Nutrition. The Department of Chemistry has in the past been located at the Eyring Science Center[1] but is not currently headquartered there.

In 1968 an underground physics research lab was added to the north end of the building. Research on plasma, atomic processes, lasers, high-pressure physics, nan-technology, acoustics, and cold fusion has been conducted here. It is the home of two modern TEMs.

Also in the building is the Royden G. Derrick Planetarium.[2] This 119 seat facility with a 39-foot (12 m) acoustically treated dome was built in 2005 to replace the smaller, outdated Sarah Berrett Summerhays Planetarium. The building also has several acoustics labs including two anechoic chambers and a reverberation chamber for performing acoustics research.

The 5th and 6th floors of the Eyring Science Center constitute the Orson Pratt Observatory, named after Orson Pratt.[3]

In the early years of the ESC James A. Jensen's dinosaur displays were often in the lobby. However since the building of the BYU Earth Science Museum there are not often dinosaur displays.

The main lobby of the building is noted for its Focault pendulum. It also is the home to a student-run restaurant, the Pendulum Court.

The Eyring Science Center was the first BYU building to have an elevator.

In the summer of 2006 a new dome was installed on the Eyring Science Center's observatory to better allow for astronomical study on campus.

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  1. ^ http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=51304
  2. ^ https://www.lds.org.uk/church_world_news.php?id=141
  3. ^ http://astronomy.byu.edu/opo.php