Erwin Schrödinger (Photo: National Geographic / Science Source)
Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger, the physicist with a long name and an even longer(-lasting) impact on the field of quantum physics would have been 126 years old today. To celebrate the creator of the famed Schrödinger’s cat paraodox (which National Geographic explains wonderfully here), we’ve hand-picked a few TEDx Talks for the physicist in everyone.
Quantum certainty for the uncertain: Jacob Biamonte at TEDxCrocettaSalon
Leader of the Quantum Physics Research Division at the ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy, Jacob Biamonte shows how the Schrödinger's cat paradox helps to explain how quantum physics interferes in our lives and how we can observe it.
The curiosity of quantum mechanics: Raymond Laflamme at TEDxWaterloo
At TEDxWaterloo, physicist Raymond Laflamme — one of those responsible for changing Stephen Hawking’s mind on the reversal of the direction of time in a contracting universe — gives the audience a crash course on quantum mechanics and ponders just what practical solutions quantum technology could provide a rapidly-advancing world.
Bonus — Camero Cat at TEDxKraków
Though not physicists (as far as we know), Camero Cat is well worth your time. Sounding like a mix of Gogol Bordello, The Decemberists, and Beirut, this “alternative pop opera” group from Kraków puts on a great show at TEDxKraków.
Now 5,000+ events and 20,000+ talks strong, TEDx’s “x” has made its way to some marvelously unexpected places. From the staircase of a full-size reproduction of the Titanic to a base camp in Antarctica, TEDx venues are far from ordinary. Below, nine of our favorite venues from TEDx events past.
What would a great wonder of the world be without a TEDx? At TEDxGreatWall in 2011, TEDx’ers took over the Jinshanling section of the Chinese landmark, marking this historic landscape with ideas worth spreading.
Looking like a cross between a UFO and an amusement park ride, TEDxBrainport’s venue might have had its audience thinking “aliens” at first. Located in the tech-savvy Brainport Eindhoven region of The Netherlands, TEDxBrainport’s former science museum locale easily set the scene for visions of the future.
TEDxCity2.0 Action Pitch Sessions webcasting across the world.
What are you doing this Saturday? Because it should include watching a TEDxCity2.0 Action Pitch Session! On October 13, 15 TEDx events will be inviting their brightest and best to pitch their ideas for creating the city of the future.
At these events, five local game-changers, chosen for their innovative ideas in the subjects of art, play, public space, education, safety, housing, food, health and transportation, will pitch their ideas for the city of the future in which more than ten billion people must live happily, healthfully, and sustainably.
Do you wonder how we’re going to build the future? Do you dream about new forms of fuel? Are you anxious to see cars that run themselves? Streetlights powered by leftovers? Then tune in!
Amazing ideas are sure to come out of these sessions, and to make sure they end up as more than just an idea in a theater or on a stage, event attendees will volunteer support to one or more of these projects, or the crowd will vote to have the winning project adopted and realized by the local community.
Below, five awesome Action Pitch Sessions to watch online: