Entangled: The series – QUANTUM + Pop Culture

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM EST 

Event Details

“Quantum physics” has taken its position with “rocket science” in pop culture as a shorthand for frighteningly complicated science. Quantum physics has also taken on a sort of magical connotation in fiction, with features like entanglement, superposition, and tunneling spurring imagination. But where does the science draw the line? How much is joyful speculation, and how much is disregard for reality? And if it’s always seen as either magical or scary, how does that affect the perception of quantum science?

For this talk, we’ll examine quantum in film, TV, games, and literature. We’ll explore their interpretation, and then dive into what the science actually says. We’ll consider how it connects to modern quantum technologies, learn how to avoid quantum snake oil, and hopefully remove the mystery while keeping some of the magic of quantum mechanics.

Presented by the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Royal Canadian Institute for Science.

Parking
Visitor parking is available in lot M for $6

Location
Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo
Room 0101

*Ticket holders must be in their seats no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the lecture. After this time, guests in the waiting line will be invited into the theatre to fill any empty seats.


Presented by:

Institute for Quantum Computing

The Institute for Quantum Computing is a scientific research institute at the University of Waterloo harnessing the quantum laws of nature to develop powerful new technologies that will transform information technology and drive the 21st century economy.

Royal Canadian Institute for Science
The Royal Canadian Institute for Science, RCIScience, is a registered charity, funded through contributions and sponsorships from universities, corporations and individuals who believe in our vision. We provide a platform for public engagement with leading scientists, to foster critical thinking, expand science dialogue and promote informed decision making.

Speakers

John Donohue
Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
Manager, Scientific Outreach

Location

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre
200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 CA

Tickets

Type
Price
Entangled: The series
Free

Organizer Details

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Institute for Quantum Computing

The Institute for Quantum Computing is a scientific research institute at the University of Waterloo harnessing the quantum laws of nature to develop powerful new technologies that will transform information technology and drive the 21st century economy.