Quantum Century

April 3, 10, 17 and 24

The Thursday Forum calendar closes with a series on the importance of quantum physics in the last century, focusing on the major historical figures and their achievements. Physics Professor Ugur Akgun will explain these groundbreaking developments in plain language for the general public. The series starts with the discovery of the electron, nucleus, and the quantum behavior of nature. The second session explores the philosophical discussion about the significance of quantum physics between two of the brightest minds of the 20th century: Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein. The third session covers the atomic race on both sides of World War II. The fourth session summarizes our current understanding of the universe. Akgun will finish the series with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Project and its goals. In the finale, participants will learn about the discovery of the Higgs Boson, as well as future goals of physicists such as supersymmetry, missing antimatter, dark matter, and dark energy.

 

Ugur Akgun
Assistant Professor of Physics