Science Cafe Hosts First Event

Science Café, a regular FHSU presentation about trending topics related to science, will present “Declawing Schrödinger’s Cat: Quantum Physics for the rest of us,” at its first event at Gella’s Diner, 117 E 11th at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Presenting will be Dr. Elise Crull, a research fellow with the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science Technology and Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. The discussion will feature physics topics including the well-known Schrodinger Cat, parallel universes and more.

“The example of a cat trapped in a box with a vial of poison is the premise of Schrödinger’s Cat,” Dr. Paul Adams, professor of physics and Anchutz professor of education, said in a press release.

“Without opening the box, it is impossible to know for certain if the cat is either alive or dead. In quantum mechanics, absolute certainty such as ‘Yes, the cat is dead.’ or ‘No, the cat is not dead.’ does not exist,” Adams said.

“Science Cafés are events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Science Cafés represent a grassroots movement. They exist all over the world,” according to the Science Café website.

The event is open to all, and free to attend.

Go here for Dr. Crull’s talk on Quantum Decoherence posted 9-9-2013.

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