Although we are largely a cognitive science group, some of our members may hope for a day when science can support the idea of consciousness; therefore some of you may have an interest in this lecture on quantum entanglement:
The quantum laws governing atoms and other tiny objects seem to defy common sense, and information encoded in quantum systems has weird properties that baffle our feeble human minds. Preskill will explain why he loves quantum entanglement, the elusive feature making quantum information fundamentally different from information in the macroscopic world. By exploiting quantum entanglement, quantum computers should be able to solve otherwise intractable problems, with far-reaching applications to cryptology, materials science and medicine. Preskill is less weird than a quantum computer, and easier to understand.
About Dr. John Preskill, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Caltech:
This is one of the nine lectures in the Watson Lecture Series, named for the late Earnest C. Watson, who founded the series in 1922, featuring speakers from Caltech and JPL, speaking on cutting-edge research taking place at Caltech. Our gratitude to Earnest C. Watson, Richard C. Biedebach, and Arnold and Mabel Beckman for their contributions in making possible this free lecture to the public.
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Doors open at 7:30pm.
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Location and Parking Map:
Beckman Auditorium at CalTech in Pasadena.
Michigan Avenue south of Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena. http://www.its.caltech.edu/~ope/techinfo/beckman.shtml, click on "Directions" located on left panel.
Parking is available in the lots south of Del Mar Boulevard between Wilson and Chester Avenues, as well as in the parking structures at 341 and 405 South Wilson Avenue, and 370 South Holliston Avenue. Parking is free, with no permit required, after 5:00pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.
Beckman Auditorium Seating Map: