Nontechnical Talk Series

The Yale Quantum Institute launched a new series of non-technical talks in Spring 2017. The goal of these talks is to bring a new regard to quantum physics and science by having experts cast new light on often-overlooked aspects of scientific work.

The first two speakers of this series, Michael Berry, professor at the university of Bristol and Martha Willette Lewis, New Haven-based visual artist and Yale MFA alumna, covered music and art respectively. By attending these lectures accessible to a large audience (made of a diverse population distributed from undergraduates to professors and staff as well as New Haven residents), we are all invited to reflect on how the contribution of science play a role in our daily life.

“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 owing 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 compartmentalizations and coarse interventions aimed at promoting technology transfer” said Berry.

“How do we visualize the complex and intangible forces which surround us? It turns out to be surprisingly difficult without employing a range of similes, resemblances, and metaphors. Unlike science, art offers ways of looking at problems that are wobbly and uncertain, neatly sidestepping the need for rigorous quantifcation or stabilization” said Lewis.

This series of talks are co-sponsored by The Franke Program for Science and the Humanities, a program at Yale that aim to foster communication, mutual understanding, collaborative research and teaching among diverse scientific and humanistic disciplines.