Public Lecture: “When the Uncertainty Principle Goes Up to 11 (or Quantum Physics Explained in Rock)”

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Date(s) - 20/04/2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lecture Theatre B1, School of Physics and Astronomy,

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Speaker: Prof Philip Moriarty

Abstract: There are deep and fundamental links between quantum physics and heavy metal.

No, really. There are.

Far from being music for Neanderthals, as it’s too often construed, metal can be harmonically and rhythmically complex. That complexity is the source of many connections to the quantum world.  You’ll hear how chugging guitars are an example of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle in action, how squealing solos are related to atomic structure, and how drum beats reflect fluctuations that are at the heart of how our universe behaves.