Aharonov Lecture Series Brings Nobel Winner Leggett to Explain Everyday Quantum Physics

Posted: February 6, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Anthony Leggett
Anthony Leggett, 2003 Nobel Laureate
Photo © The Nobel Foundation

“Does the Everyday World Really Obey Quantum Mechanics?” will be presented by Sir Anthony Leggett, a 2003 Nobel Laureate, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. in Harris Theater.

Leggett is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair, and Center for Advanced Study professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2003, his pioneering work on superfluidity was recognized by the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature physics.

In his talk Leggett will discuss if and why the theory of quantum mechanics can be applied to the world at an everyday level, and how theories about quantum mechanics applications have changed dramatically in the last 12 years.

Five days later, the talk “What Is Quantum Non-Locality?” will be given by Sandu Popescu, professor of physics at the University of Bristol, England.

These lectures are part of the Aharonov Distinguished Lecture Series, a program coordinated by Mason’s Center for Quantum Studies and quantum physicist Yakir Aharonov.

The lecture series was initiated to communicate the relevance and importance of quantum studies to the broader public. All lectures are for a general audience interested in finding out more information about this fascinating and complex science.

Future lectures in the series include popular science writer Paul Davies on Wednesday, April 18, and writer Roger Penrose at a date to be determined.

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