Kudos to the organizers of yesterday’s TEDxWaterloo event, which saw an astronaut, a symphony conductor, a mountain climber and many other fascinating people speak to a rapt audience (in attendance at Centre in the Square and online).
Although the speakers and attendees came from a huge cross-section of society spanning the arts, business, education and more, everyone shared a common trait: insatiable curiosity (speaking of which, check out IQC Director Raymond Laflamme’s speech from last year’s TEDxWaterloo, all about the power of curiosity).
IQC was proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor of this year’s event, which gave us a chance to show off some cool quantum computing equipment at our snazzy booth. Our manager of scientific outreach, Martin Laforest, along with student volunteers, spent all day explaining to curious visitors the awesomeness of quantum entanglement and superposition and dead/alive cats.
Among the eclectic group of speakers at the event were Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar, Mount Everest mountaineer Jean-Francois Carrey, experimental musician Ben Grossman and marathon swimmer Vicki Keith.
The event concluded with a fascinating talk about “rebel music” by Edwin Outwater, music director and conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (random trivia note: I once went surfing with Edwin in the “sharky” waters off San Francisco).
We at IQC were particularly interested in Edwin’s talk, as we are in the midst of collaborating with him and the KW Symphony for a quantum-themed concert in the winter of 2012. It’s called Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science, and it will be a musical exploration of quantum concepts like superposition, entanglement and other wonderfully mind-boggling stuff. Stay tuned to this blog and the IQC website for many more details to come!
The concert is still in the early stages, but needless to say, we’re beyond exciTED about this collaboration as part of the KW Symphony’s amazing new season: