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Capital District Humanist Society

The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.

CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

The Society provides various activities including monthly speakers, socials, book discussions, and a newsletter.

The Capital District Humanist Society presents:



Dr. Guenther Langner, PhD:

 The Mysteries of Physics Explained!

Physics is one of the masterworks of the human mind. It enables us to understand the workings of the material world as long as it is measurable. Admittedly, physics has the reputation of not being easy since it is abstract and presents its knowledge in the language of mathematics. It's knowledge is gained from experiments and the imagination of mental models, which have to be consistent with the experiments. Gaining and applyimg this knowledge is what physicists do, at all levels, from "grunt-work" to Nobel-prize winning discoveries. Witnessing and discussing fundametal experiments by using video clips, will hopefully remove some of the mystery of physics, and show that physics is not a nebulous science. I will emphasize the role of classical physics, because we still constantly encounter those laws of physics, but I will not forget the essentials of the "new Physics" and its footprints, nor the fact that it has mushroomed into gigantic projects. I will conclude by explaining the problems that physics and the physicists face today.

Guenther Langner Joined CDHS July 1999, as well as the book-club. Educated in Germany, he received a PhD in theoretical physics from the RWHS (Technical University) in Aachen. He worked in several non-profit research labs and corporate R&D, doing electron-microscopy,and photographic sience. In 1967 he accepted an offer from IBM where he was involved in display-technology, signal transmission, scanning electron-microscopy, electron-optics and beam lithography for computer chips.

Retired 1991 as a Senior Engineer he then spent 10years as a consultant. He authored or co-authored 45 publications in professional journals and did many presentations at conferences. Dr. Langner is the owner or co-owner of 17 patents.

Sunday, August 13th, 2017


  • Refreshments 12:30; Program 1:15 p.m.
  • Room 224, Campus Center, Sage Colleges Albany Campus
  • New Scotland Ave. at Academy Road, Albany
  • Admission: Free.

  • The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend!

Presented by The Capital District Humanist Society

Details and directions: 518.533.2666, or our directions page

Monthly meetings

CDHS meets on the second Sunday of each month in Room 224 of the Campus Center at the Albany campus of the Sage Colleges, at New Scotland Avenue and Academy Road.

We gather at 12:30 pm. Program starts at 1:15. Light refreshments are provided.

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Other Activities

In addition to monthly speaker presentations, we hold monthly social events, and sponsor a reading group, and a discussion group.


CDHS is affiliated with the three major humanist organizations:



Members and subscribers receive our publication, The Humanist Monthly. If you are interested in more information about CDHS, give us your name and email address, and we will send a sample copy or two with no obligation.

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