Southeastern scientist to break down quantum mechanics in next Science on Tap
Thursday, September 24, 2015
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – What do you know about quantum mechanics? If you’re like most non-scientists,
probably very little.
“The Nuts and Bolts of Quantum Mechanics” will be the topic of Southeastern Louisiana University’s next Science on Tap presentation scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 6. The presentation, which is geared to laymen, will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to all ages.
Quantum mechanics is that branch of physics that relates to very small subatomic matter, explained William A. Parkinson, associate professor of physics, who will present the topic.
“The development of quantum mechanics was seminal in many regards,” he said. “Not only did it usher in a radical new way of perceiving matter, quantum mechanics also fostered unprecedented cooperative effort among scientists. It gives critical insight into the theories of light, electricity, magnetism and astrophysics, while paving the way for the incredible technological advances of the last century.”
Parkinson promises an evening of “edutainment,” rather than a purely scientific lecture.
“We will examine science prior to the advent of quantum mechanics and the conundrums that led up to its proposal,” he said, “the human interest of the individuals involved in its development, and the philosophical issues that its results seem to imply with regard to man’s role in the universe.”
For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.