The Association for Science Education

Quantum Physics: A beginner’s guide

Date: Wednesday 12th June 2013

Time: 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Location : University of Huddersfield, Canalside West Lecture Theatre, Firth Street, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

Cost : Free

Quantum Physics: A beginner’s guide

Celebrating the centenary of Bohr’s quantum atom

 

Professor Robert Cywinski, University of Huddersfield

6.30pm to 9.00 Wednesday 12 June 2013

Refreshments will be served from 6:00pm with snacks and refreshments at 7:30pm

Venue: University of Huddersfield, Canalside West Lecture Theatre, Firth Street, Huddersfield HD1 3DH 

The evening will also include:

  • A showing of the movie, The Quantum Cowboy
  • A panel discussion on the teaching of Quantum Physics in Schools
  • ABM of the Yorkshire Region of the ASE

 

This Lecture is FREE and OPEN TO ALL

For further information contact: Janet Goodridge on 01484 473138 or email j.e.goodridge@hud.ac.uk

Car parking in campus car parks is subject to availability.  For campus map see HERE 

 

Quantum Physics: A beginner’s guide

Celebrating the centenary of Bohr’s quantum atom

The quantum world is a strange and marvellous place in which matter and light can behave simultaneously as particles and waves and be in many places at the same time, in which probability and uncertainty replace determinism, and in which energy can only be delivered in discrete packets or quanta.  It is a world that appears to defy common sense, yet quantum theory has been probed and tested for a hundred years without failing a single test.

Without quantum physics we would not have electronics, magnets, superconductors, lasers, nuclear power or any of the other physical phenomena upon which our highly technological society so crucially depends. Indeed without quantum physics the very fabric of our world and the chemical bonds that hold it together would not exist.

The dawn of the quantum era coincided with the dawn of the 20th Century, and the scientists who developed the theory - Planck, Einstein, de Broglie, Heisenberg, Pauli, Dirac and Schrödinger - are all giants of modern science. But perhaps the greatest quantum physicist of all was Neils Bohr. One hundred years ago this year Bohr developed the quantum model of the atom, a model which completely changed the way we understand the material world.

This lecture will explore some of the strangeness and contradictions of the quantum world, but will hopefully shed some light on why quantum physics is beautiful, powerful and so very important.

Bob Cywinski is Professor of Physics at the University of Huddersfield. His research focuses upon the use of quantum particles in the study of the structure of matter, and upon the production of those quantum particles using high power particle accelerators. His presentation at this year’s ASE Summer President’s Lecture is aimed at science teachers, science pupils and the general public.

 

The panel discussion on the teaching of Quantum Physics in Schools will include Professor Robin Millar (University of York), Michael Inglis, (Leeds University), Riona Gifford, (Thornhill Community Academy), Adam Little (St John Fisher Catholic High School), Alastair Gittner (Stocksbridge High School)

 

The ABM of the Yorkshire Region of the ASE will take place at the end of the meeting.  All members of the ASE are welcome.  The ABM agenda and associated papers will be available on the Region website HERE from 24th May.