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Measure for Measure: Quantum Physics and Reality

Thursday, May 29, 2014
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Throw a baseball and you can track its arc across the sky without disturbing it. Scientists don’t have that luxury with quantum particles. When no one is looking, a particle has near limitless potential: it can be nearly anywhere. But measure it, and the particle snaps to one position. This transition from the fuzzy quantum world to the sharp reality of common experience is as vital as it is controversial. How do objects shed their quantum weirdness when measured? Join a debate of current theories, including tales of infinite universes where anything and everything happens.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.


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Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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David Z. AlbertPhysicist, Philosopher

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Sean CarrollTheoretical Physicist, Author

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