How Quantum Physics Democratized Music: A Meditation on Physics and Technology

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Smith 100
Michael Berry (University of Bristol)
Connections between physics and technological invention and aspects of human life that seem far from science are both unexpected and unexpectedly common. Rather than flowing one way - from physics to gadgets - the connections form an intricate web, linking all aspects of human culture, in a way that frustrates our convenient compartmentalizations and coarse interventions aimed at promoting technology transfer. Professor Sir Michael Berry will discuss this theme not abstractly but with examples, ranging from music to the color of gold, and explain how quantum physics helps him do quantum physics.