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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 are encouraged to read beforehand.

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

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... Read More →

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Katherine Hayles

Professor, Duke University
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... Read More →
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Mark Kruse

Professor of Physics, Duke University
Mark Kruse is a professor of Physics at Duke University, wherehe holds the Fuchsberg-Levine Family chair. Prof. Kruse receivedhis B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from the University of Auckland,New Zealand, his Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University, andhas been on the faculty at Duke... Read More →
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Michael Gaffney

Michael Gaffney is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Literature at Duke University. His research falls under the broad category of the environmental humanities, and his dissertation argues for the necessity of understanding climate change within deep history.

Program Partners
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Duke University

Duke University is an American private research university located in Durham, North Carolina. At Moogfest 2017, we will be joined by professors Mark Kruse, Bill Seaman, John Supko, Charlie Gerbach, Miguel Nicolelis, Scott Lindroth, and Katherine Hayles.

Sunday May 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT
American Underground Bullpen