Join theoretical physicist, Prof. Smitha Vishveshwara, for the third Saturday Physics for Everyone (SPE) lecture.
From ancient monuments to modern day films, the confluence of the arts and physics has resulted in creations that have led to a deeper understanding of nature, to friendly and enchanting ways of perceiving science in action, to giving the arts a new dimension, to technological progress, and to pure fun! In this talk, I will describe the power of such confluences and recount some of our experiences in this realm. In a project-based interdisciplinary course entitled Where the Arts meets Physics, we bring alive the universe and the quantum world through installation and performance – cosmic canopies housing black hole mergers, raps on radioactivity, Warhol versions of Bohr-Einstein debates, and more. Collaborations with theater and dance have led to creating Quantum Voyages, an original performance piece. Here, two voyagers enter the microscopic realm of atomic landscapes, quantum conundrums, superconductivity, and cold atomic quantum states, guided by the spirit of knowledge, a ‘quantum ensemble’, and guest physicists. I will share the process behind the making and performing of this piece, and its companion, Quantum Rhapsodies, leading up to the latest public appearance that adapts to the times by inhabiting the virtual realm.