When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11: Or How to Explain Quantum Physics with Heavy Metal

Date and time
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
18.30 - 20.00

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

Red and Black sound waves regarding Quantum Physics

There are deep and fascinating links between heavy metal and quantum physics. No, there are. Really. 

While teaching at the University of Nottingham, physicist Philip Moriarty noticed something odd, a surprising number of his students were heavily into metal music. Colleagues, too: a Venn diagram of physicists and metal fans would show a shocking amount of overlap. 

What's more, it turns out that heavy metal music is uniquely well-suited to explaining quantum principles. 

In ‘When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to Eleven’, Moriarty explains the mysteries of the universe's inner workings via drum beats and feedback: You’ll discover how the Heisenberg uncertainty principle comes into play with every chugging guitar riff, what wave interference has to do with Iron Maiden, and why metalheads in mosh pits behave just like molecules in a gas.

If you're a metal fan trying to grasp the complexities of quantum physics, a quantum physicist baffled by heavy metal, or just someone who'd like to know how the fundamental science underpinning our world connects to rock music, this talk will take you, in the words of a pioneering Texas thrash band, to ‘A New Level’. 

For those who think quantum physics is too mind-bendingly complex to grasp, or too focused on the invisibly small to be relevant to our full-sized lives, this funny, fascinating talk will show you that physics is all around us . . . and it rocks.

Refreshments will be available from 18:30 with a lecture start time of 19:00

Organised by: Derby IoP centre

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