What we're about

Everyone is curious about how the universe works, from astronomy and cosmology down to the smallest building blocks of nature. This is a social group where we'll talk about what's going on in current research, and what it means to the average person.

It's not a free graduate school or a place for amateur theoreticians to promote their ideas. So all you need is curiosity about the world we live in.

Physics has both technological and philosophical applications. We'll consider both. We'll do some of our own experiments in "fluid flow" at local bars monthly. Also we'll have physics slide shows in the library meeting rooms, followed by discussions at nearby restaurants.

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Seminar: Entanglement and Bell's Theorem

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Entanglement is a uniquely quantum phenomenon that plays a key role in quantum computing and cryptography. In experiments by Alain Aspect and collaborators, it also contributed to the philosophy of how to interpret quantum mechanics. Bell's theorem tells us how to use entangled particles to test the assumptions of local reality and hidden variables. The seminar will focus on understanding the Aspect experiments, with mention of applications to both technology and philosophy.

References:
Jim Baggott, The Meaning of Quantum Theory, 1992
Tim Maudlin, Philosophy of Physics: Quantum Theory, 2019
Mark M. Wilde, Quantum Information Theory, 2017
Alain Aspect et al, https://journals.aps.org/prl/pdf/10.1103/PhysRevLett.49.1804
https://journals.aps.org/prl/pdf/10.1103/PhysRevLett.49.91

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Seminar: Black Holes As A Surface Phenomena

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