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Saturday Mornings of Theoretical Physics events

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:30

The practical objective of improving steam engines led to an impressive level of abstract thinking during the development of thermodynamics.

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 10:30

A major theme in current theoretical physics is understanding the implications of quantum mechanics for the dynamics of composite systems. When sub-systems interact, they naturally become correlated.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:30

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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:30

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

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:30

The flow of liquids and gases is described by the Navier-Stokes equation

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:30

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.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 10:30

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?


Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:30

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.