Fall 2015 Schmitt Lecture


Location: McKenna Hall Room 104


Join the Center for Ethics and Culture for the Fall 2015 Schmitt Lecture, "The Freedom of the Physical World: Taking Quantum Mechanics Seriously," with Craig S. Lent (Freimann Professor of Engineering at Notre Dame) on Thursday, December 3, at 5 p.m. in McKenna Hall Room 104.

The study of quantum mechanics shows us that, while not random, the physical world has a certain kind of freedom that is constrained by physical laws -- though not completely. With the aid of a real-time quantum mechanical experiment, Professor Lent will propose that, while the world is governed by physical law and is therefore to a large degree predictable, it still has some freedom; the future is not contained in the present.

Lent joined the department of electrical engineering at Notre Dame in 1986 and went on to cofound the Quantum Devices group, today known as the Notre Dame Center for Nano Science and Technology (ND Nano). He has taught quantum mechanics at the graduate level for more than 20 years. 

The lecture will be immediately followed by dinner in the McKenna Lower Level dining area. The lecture is free and open to the public; please RSVP for the dinner to Laura Nash by Monday, November 30.

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