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How quantum physics democratized music

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Sir Michael Berry, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Bristol, and winner of the infamous Ig Nobel Prize, gives a talk on the links between physics and the entirety of human culture – see the abstract below for more detail.

Admission is free to CUPS members, or £2 otherwise. As always, wine and cheese will be served after the talk.

(Abstract:) Connections between physics and technological invention and aspects of human life that seem far from science are both unexpected and unexpectedly common. And 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 compartmentalisations and coarse interventions aimed at promoting technology transfer. I will discuss this theme not abstractly but with examples, ranging from music to the colour of gold, and explain how quantum physics helps me do quantum physics (sic).

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Physics Society series.

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