Highlight Seminar

How quantum physics democratized music: a meditation on physics and technology

Professor Sir Michael Berry, H H Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, UK

Thursday 25th January 2018
Time: 4pm
Venue: Blackett Lecture Theatre 2, Blackett Building, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London
Contact: Ms Hafiza Bibi
Tel: 02075947252

Abstract:

Connections between physics and technological invention and aspects of human life that seem far from science are both unexpected and unexpectedly common. And rather than flowing one way - from physics to gadgets - the connections form an intricate web, linking all aspects of human culture, in a way that often frustrates our convenient but coarse compartmentalisations. I will discuss this theme not abstractly but with examples, ranging from music to the colour of gold, and explain how quantum physics helps me do quantum physics (sic).

 

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