Explaining Quantum Physics with Heavy Metal

Cambridge Skeptics
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Prof. Philip Moriarty

While teaching at the University of Nottingham, physicist Philip Moriarty noticed something odd, a surprising number of his students were heavily into metal music. Colleagues, too: a Venn diagram of physicists and metal fans would show a shocking amount of overlap.

What's more, it turns out that heavy metal music is uniquely well-suited to explaining quantum principles.

In this talk, Prof. Moriarty explains the mysteries of the universe's inner workings via drum beats and feedback: You'll discover how the Heisenberg uncertainty principle comes into play with every chugging guitar riff, what wave interference has to do with Iron Maiden, and why metalheads in mosh pits behave just like molecules in a gas.

If you're a metal fan trying to grasp the complexities of quantum physics, a quantum physicist baffled by heavy metal, or just someone who'd like to know how the fundamental science underpinning our world connects to rock music, this talk will take you, in the words of Pantera, to “A New Level.”

Prof. Philip Moriarty is a physicist at the University of Nottingham. His research interests span a number of topical themes in nanometre scale science with a particular current focus on single atom/molecule manipulation using scanning probes.

He has been interviewed, and has written for, The Independent, The Guardian, Times Higher Education, BBC Radio 4, Die Zeit, and The Economist amongst others. He is also a regular contributor to the Sixty Symbols YouTube project and blog as often as he can at Symptoms Of The Universe.

This event is open to the public.
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When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11: Or How to Explain Quantum Physics with Heavy Metal
by Philip Moriarty
£12.69 each

Box Office: https://buytickets.at/cambridgeskeptics/342976
Advance Tickets £5.00 (only 80 spaces)
Student (on the door with valid ID): £3.00 (subject to availability)

Unreserved seating is available for a maximum of 80 people on a first-come-first served basis.

Doors Open: 7:00pm
Talk Starts: 7:30pm
Event Ends: 9:00pm -9:30pm
Venue Closes: Midnight

Step-Free Access To Venue: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible Venue: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible Toilets: No

The bar provides a variety of food and drink. Only food and drink purchased at the venue can be consumed on the premises. Please place food orders early to avoid extended waiting times during busy periods.

This event is hosted by Cambridge Skeptics. A not-for-profit community organisation for the promotion of science, positive skepticism and critical thinking skills. All ticket sales and donations received fund speaker expenses and running costs. Full details of all expenditure, accounts and profit/loss can be viewed at our annual AGM meetings. All the staff are volunteers and support these events in conjunction with their full-time jobs.