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Sunday, May 21 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Science Fiction vs Science Fact

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Based on an innovative course developed by Profs. Kate Hayles and Mark Kruse at Duke, come learn about quantum mechanics (no prior scientific knowledge required) and how it is used (both validly and invalidly) in selected Science Fiction readings.

Most of the discussion will revolve around Greg Egan’s novel "Quarantine" which participants will be encouraged to read beforehand.

Come with questions and discussion points about interpretations of quantum mechanics, free will, and other themes from the novel.

Talent
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Katherine Hayles

Katherine Hayles is an internationally recognized cultural critic of literature, science and technology.  She has written on science fiction authors and texts and co-teaches, with Professor Mark Kruse, a course on "Science Fiction/Science Fact" exploring quantum mechanics and relativity theory in science fiction and contemporary particle physics.
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Mark Kruse

Mark Kruse is a professor of Physics at Duke University, where he holds the Fuchsberg-Levine Family chair. Prof. Kruse received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, his Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University, and has been on the faculty at Duke University since 2001. Prof. Kruse’s research is in the area of High-Energy Particle Physics with a primary focus on the analysis of data collected by... Read More →

Program Themes
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Sci-Fi Wishes and Utopian Dreams

"Science Fiction" has long been a way for artists to explore unknown futures. Authors, musicians, philosophers and filmmakers use scientific discovery and technical insight as the springboard to create entertaining and provocative works, while the engineers and researchers of today are inspired by utopian visions and otherworldly inventions. This interplay between imagination and actual innovation, idealist dreams and dystopian visions, are... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
American Underground Bullpen 201 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

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