One of the things I’ve been stressed about lately is next week, when I’m making a trip to the South, specifically Georgia and Alabama. As I mentioned here earlier, the original inspiration was a get-together with friends from college for the Florida-Alabama football game next Saturday, but it seems a shame to go all that way and not do something book-related, so I have arranged to give four talks in two days. Two of these are research colloquia, but the other two are public lectures that might be of interest to readers of this blog or How to Teach Physics to Your Dog:
First, on Wednesday, September 29, I’ll be giving a talk at Berry College at 8pm in the Science building auditorium . Then, on Thursday, September 30, I’ll be doing the same that at The University of Alabama at 7:30 pm in 227 Gallalee. The title for both lectures is “What every Dog Should Know About Quantum Physics, and the abstract I made up for it it:
Quantum physics, the science of extremely small things like atoms and subatomic particles, is one of the best tested theories in the history of science, and also one of the most bizarre. Many of its predictions — particles that behave like waves, cats that are alive and dead at the same time, objects that pass through barriers as if they weren’t even there — seem more like science fiction than science fact. This talk will explain the reality behind some of the stranger aspects of quantum physics, and why it is so important that even dogs should know about it.
While I’ve used this title before, this is a completely different talk, and a very different style of talk than my usual presentations. Which adds an extra element of risk to the whole endeavor– if it bombs Wednesday night, I don’t really have time to fix it before Thursday. Not that I think it will bomb, mind, but there’s always that nagging fear when you’re performing without a net.
Anyway, if you’re going to be in western Georgia or southern Alabama next week, stop by and check it out.