Why space itself is quantum in nature

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 12 February

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Price

Standard £16

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Concession £10

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Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Quantum gravity is the holy grail for modern theoretical physicists – a single structure that brings together the two great theories of the 20th century: quantum mechanics and general relativity. One widely-known solution is string theory, which emerged from particle physics. In this talk, Jim Baggott with describe the other approach known as Loop Quantum Gravity. This theory starts from general relativity, borrows many ideas and techniques from quantum mechanics, and predicts that space itself is quantum in nature.

About the speaker

Jim Baggott is an award-winning science writer. He trained as a scientist, completing a doctorate in chemical physics at the University of Oxford in the early 80s, before embarking on post-doctoral research studies at Oxford and at Stanford University in California.

Jim writes about science, science history and philosophy in what spare time he can find, and has published articles and book reviews in 'New Scientist', 'Nature', 'The Independent', 'The Daily Telegraph', 'Chemistry in Britain', 'Chemistry Review', 'The Times Higher Education Supplement', and other periodicals. His feature article on the discovery of buckminsterfullerene won the prestigious Glaxo Science Writers’ Award in 1992.

Timing

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Jim's book, 'Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe', will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

Filming

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Accessibility

The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop.  

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