Connections between physics and technological invention and aspects of human life that seem far from science are both unexpected and unexpectedly common. And rather than flowing one way - from physics to gadgets - the connections form an intricate web, linking all aspects of human culture, in a way that frustrates our convenient compartmentalisations and coarse interventions aimed at promoting technology transfer. I will discuss this theme not abstractly but with examples, ranging from music to the colour of gold, and explain how quantum physics helps me do quantum physics.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Prof. Berry is a renowned theoretical physicist working in the borderland between quantum and classical physics. He is most famous for his discovery of the geometric or Berry phase in 1984, which is a phenomenon observed in classical and quantum systems that are varying adiabatically. Prof. Berry received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Exeter and St. Andrew's, respectively. He moved to the University of Bristol in 1965, where he has remained every since. He is currently the Melville Wills Professor of Physics (Emeritus). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the National Academy of Science in the US and a member of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. He has won the Dirac Medal, Wolf Prize, Lorentz Medal, Royal Medal of the Royal Society and many other awards. He is also a Lego Master Builder and a holder of the Ignobel (with A. Geim) for his work on levitating frogs.