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C2. The Mysterious Quantum: Modern Science Meets Everyday Life (Blatt)

  • 02/04/2019
  • 03/04/2019
  • 5 sessions
  • 02/04/2019, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM
  • 02/11/2019, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM
  • 02/18/2019, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM
  • 02/25/2019, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM
  • 03/04/2019, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM
  • AC - Kennedy Building Rm. 119
  • 10

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We sometimes hear comments about “quantum leaps,” “entanglement,” and “quantum healing.”  We casually use smartphones and other technological wonders that couldn’t even have been imagined as recently as our own childhood days.  Yet the scientific basis for advances in Quantum Mechanics is still not well understood, even by the scientists themselves.  Why does nature behave so counter-intuitively on the sub-microscopic scale, compared with the way we see things on our everyday human scale?  Topics will include waves and particles, Schroedinger’s Cat and quantum entanglement, and “Reality” at the atomic scale.  No special background and no math will be required - just your own healthy curiosity.  Let’s venture into the quantum world together!

GROUP LEADER:  Les Blatt is Emeritus Professor of Physics and Education at Clark University.  His research interests include work in experimental nuclear physics and astrophysics as well as modern approaches to learning science.  His WISE courses are typically interdisciplinary explorations, where scientific ideas intersect with other areas of human interest.

OPTIONAL BOOK:  Beyond Weird by Phillip Ball, ISBN 978-1847924582

 

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