Perimeter Institute: Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution: Lee Smolin public lecture webcast

Lee Smolin
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Quantum physics is the golden child of modern science. It is the basis of our understanding of atoms, radiation, and so much else – from elementary particles and basic forces to the behaviour of materials.

But for a century it has also been the problem child of science: it has been plagued by intense disagreements among its inventors, strange paradoxes, and implications that seem like the stuff of fantasy.

Whether it’s Schrödinger’s cat – a creature that is simultaneously dead and alive – or a belief that the world does not exist independently of our observations of it, quantum theory challenges our fundamental assumptions about reality.

On April 17, in a special webcast talk based on his latest book, Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution, Perimeter’s Lee Smolin will argue that the problems that have bedeviled quantum physics since its inception are unsolved and unsolvable for the simple reason that the theory is incomplete. There is more to quantum physics waiting to be discovered.

Smolin will take the audience on a journey through the basics of quantum physics, introducing the stories of the experiments and figures that have transformed our understanding of the universe.

Smolin is one of Perimeter’s founding faculty members. He has made major contributions to the quantum theory of gravity in particular, though his work spans many areas of theoretical physics.

Including Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution, Smolin has authored or co-authored six books exploring philosophical issues raised by contemporary physics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Canada.

Waiting line experience
There will be a waiting line for last minute cancelled (or ‘no show’) seats on the night of the lecture. Doors open at 5:30pm. Come to Perimeter and pick-up a waiting line chit at the Waiting Line sign and then participate in pre-lecture activities - no need to wait in line. An announcement will be made in the Bistro at 6:45pm if theatre seats are available. Note: you must arrive in person to be part of the waiting line and be in the Bistro when the waiting line announcement is made.

No disappointments
Everyone who comes to Perimeter will be able to participate in the lecture. The public lecture will be shown simultaneously on closed circuit television in the quiet of the Time Room or the licensed comfort of the Black Hole Bistro for any members of the waiting line who are not able to get a theatre seat.

Live webcast online
Enjoy the live webcast of Perimeter Institute Public Lectures from the comfort of your own home. Join us at 7:00pm night of the lecture and be part of the ONLINE virtual audience.

For most lectures the on-demand playback will be online within 24 hours after the live event. Check our YouTube page for the playbacks.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Attendance to the lecture is free, but advance tickets are required. Due to the overwhelming response to past lectures, tickets will be honoured until 6:45pm only. If you have not arrived by 6:45pm your reservation may be filled by guests in the waiting line, and you may be asked to join the end of the waiting line.
Tickets: Available online April 1 at 9:00am
Organized by: Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Location: Perimeter Institute, Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas, 31 Caroline St. N., Waterloo, ON

https://insidetheperimeter.ca/einsteins-unfinished-revolution-lee-smolin-public-lecture-webcast/