Monday 3 November, 2014

Temperature: A Brief History of Imaginary Time

A/Prof Tom Stace, School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland

Melting clock 300x300Heat powers your car, makes or breaks your BBQ, and drives the cosmos.  But how did we move from the primordial sensations of hot and cold to the Second Law of Thermodynamics – which many physicists regard as the most foundational law of the universe?

The final BrisScience talk for 2014 will follow the history of temperature, from the big-bang, through the debates between our greatest scientists, and to the ultimate fate of our universe.  On the way we will find the seeds of Quantum theory and General Relativity, and answer the question: “why is Temperature stranger than Time?”.

  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Monday 3 November.
  • Venue: The EdgeState Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, where A/Prof Tom Stace will be available to answer any questions.
  • Questions about this event? Contact Andrew.

Tom StaceA/Prof Tom Stace received a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Western Australia and a PhD on quantum computing from The University of Cambridge. After a postdoctoral position at Cambridge Tom moved to The University of Queensland in 2006, where he is now a key researcher at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

Tom’s research has largely focused on applying methods from quantum optics to solid state devices for use in quantum information applications. He also works on high precision measurement in collaboration with experimental colleagues at The University of Adelaide, in a project whose ultimate aim is to contribute to the international definition of Boltzmann’s constant – the physical constant that relates temperature and energy on the atomic scale.

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This BrisScience event was proudly sponsored by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.
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