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Saturday Mornings of Theoretical Physics events
Who can fail to be impressed by the grand sweep of spiral arms across the face of a galaxy? Look deeper and galaxies also pose fascinating problems in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.
Superfluidity and superconductivity -- the flow of matter or electrical current without friction -- are the two most spectacular manifestations of quantum mechanics at a macroscopic scale, and the understanding of these phenomena is one of the great achievements of quantum theory applied
The flow of liquids and gases is described by the Navier-Stokes equation
The properties of all forms of matter, from the most mundane to the most exotic kinds produced in advanced laboratories, are consequences of the laws of quantum mechanics.
For half a century physicists have explored and developed "string theory" which continues to be a major area of theoretical physics research today. What is string theory, and why are theoretical physicists willing to devote their lives to it?
The power of available computers has now grown exponentially for many decades. The ability to discover numerically the implications of equations and models has opened our eyes to previously hidden aspects of physics and greatly extended the range of phenomena to which the concepts of physics can be applied.
The most recent Morning of Theoretical Physics introduced Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity (GR) published exactly a century ago. Despite strenuous efforts to replace it with a theory consistent with quantum mechanics, Einstein's theory remains the best available account of gravity.
‘I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics’ - Richard Feynman. The seventh Morning of Theoretical Physics was devoted to the idea of quantum computation and the strange behaviour of certain types of fundamental particle.