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Science by the Pint - Quantum Computing: The Universe and the Bit


As of 11/16/12, the following RSVP confirmations have been received:

  • 31 Yes
  • 15 Maybe (or no confirmation response)

Join us at the Burren in Davis Square for the next Science by the Pint - Dr. Seth Lloyd of MIT and colleagues will be discussing Quantum Computing: The Universe and the Bit

For those who've never been, Science by the Pint is an event sponsored by an organization of Harvard graduate students called Science in the News. In between their sleepless hours of hard work at Harvard Med School, they bring their cutting edge scientific research to the public in a fun and informal format. The event goes like this:

  • The main speaker gives a short 5-10 minute talk (not a full length lecture) about their research, then answers general questions from the audience.
  • The team of colleagues comes around to individual tables and spends one-on-one time answering questions over food and refreshments.
  • A drawing is held for prizes.

Things officially start at 7:00, but arriving by 6:30 allows fellow nerds to find a place to sit together, order food and drinks, and be ready once things get going. Doreen and I will have our nerdy Meetup pins, so look for us.


We understand that people's plans change, and it's hard to keep track of everything you've signed up for. But at the same time, both your Nerd Fun organizers and the organizers of Science in the News need to have an idea of how many to actually expect (remember the mouse pheromones event at Tavern in the Square?). So this time there'll be a much larger RSVP limit than we've set in the past , but when you RSVP, you'll be asked to confirm yourself as a YES or a MAYBE, which mean the following:

  • Yes means that you most definitely plan to attend, barring anything unexpected and out of the ordinary (like not feeling well, have to work late, car trouble, etc)
  • Maybe means you'll see when the time comes

RSVP limits will be adjusted accordingly, depending on how many people appear to be definitely planning to attend.

NOTE: If your work situation regularly requires you to put in extra time on the spot, please consider that your potential to be there is Maybe.


The Burren is located on Elm Street right in the heart of Davis Square, just a short walk from the Red Line stop. If you prefer to drive, Davis Square is not known for its ample parking, but there are metered spots on the street and in nearby municipal lots (see link below). Keep in mind that the meters are active until 8:00 PM, and are good for either two or three hours during that time, as posted.

Hope to see you there :)


SITN - Science by the Pint

The Burren

Davis Square Parking

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  • Charlie

    Lots of funs and interesting to hear from the people who are lucky enough to get paid to think about new technical ideas all the time - boy do I envy them.

    December 12, 2012

  • Doreen C.

    Fun speaker who answered lots of questuons. A lot of what he was talking about went over my head. Didn't matter though, I enjoyed his obvious passion for what he does and bad jokes. He also stuck around after to chat and answer even more questions. :)

    December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Competent presenter and mostly interesting questions ! It was a pleasure to attend

    December 10, 2012

  • Tun L

    What time will it end? Also, is there parking around that area?

    November 16, 2012

    • John

      Things usually start wrapping up about 9:00 - 9:30, but you can stay as late or leave as early as you wish really - after the initial intro and general Q&A, it's pretty much free form. For parking, as posted above, there are metered spots on the streets and in a number of municipal lots. See the link for Davis Square Parking.

      1 · November 16, 2012

    • Tun L

      Thanks John!

      November 16, 2012

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