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Quantum: Separating Science Fiction and Science Fact

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room C

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Join us for a fascinating lecture on the everyday relevance of quantum physics, presented by John Donohue from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo.  

In pop culture, “quantum physics” is often used to indicate something mysterious and frighteningly complicated, or as a magical theory that allows us to explain away all sorts of fantastical technologies.  In reality, quantum science is a well-established field that has produced many real-world technologies used all around the world. In this talk, we’ll examine quantum in science fiction, exploring their interpretations and diving into what the science says. We’ll consider how quantum is used modern quantum technologies, learn how to avoid quantum snake oil, and discover some of the revolutionary future technologies that quantum science enables.


About the presenter:

John Donohue is the head of Scientific Outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. He obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Waterloo with a research specialty in quantum optics, ultrafast laser physics, and entanglement.

Event Type(s): Adult Learning, General Interest
Age Group(s): Adults, Seniors
Presenter: John Donohue
Madeleine Kong
(519) 743-0271 ext. 296

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