All You Need To Know About… Quantum Gravity
Quantum Gravity may seem like somewhat of a niche subject, but it is the holy grail of particle physics and one of the most interesting scientific endeavors of current times. About time that you learn all you need to know about it! (English / SG-Certificate*)
Time: 16:00-17:00 hrs.
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First of all, we need to deal with the quantum elephant in the room here: no, quantum science is not boring. It may be a little complicated, but you don’t have to understand everything about it to comprehend the beauty and far-reaching implications of the field. Quantum science is new, it is exciting, it breaks down the rules of classical physics and takes science to places it has never been before. There is poetry in quantum science, and quantum gravity is a perfect example.
At first, the foundations of quantum physics seemed to implicate that all was lost for classical physics. The two seemed irreconcilable. Nowadays, though, efforts from physicists to bridge the gap between them and find an all-encompassing scientific explanation for the way our world functions on a macro- and micro level seem to turn out results.
Quantum gravity deals with reconciling the beautiful geometric description of space and time laid out in Einstein's theory of general relativity with the insight that all of physics at its most fundamental level must be described by quantum laws of motion. If that sentence sounds complicated yet strangely exciting to you, then join us on March 17, when internationally renowned physicist at the forefront of quantum gravity, prof. dr. Renate Loll, will explain more about how a theory of quantum gravity works to reunite the world of physics.
Prof. dr. Renate Loll is Professor in Theoretical Physics at the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics of the Radboud University, Nijmegen. She also holds a Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Loll received her Ph.D. from Imperial College, London. She has previously worked as a Heisenberg Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Golm, Germany, and held a professorship at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.