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Quantum + Pop Culture

  • Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre, Room 0101 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1 Canada (map)

“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?

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Join John Donohue, Scientific Outreach Manager at IQC, as we 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.

Register now to reserve your spot.

Note 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 in partnership with the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing.

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