The Physics of Information: From Entanglement to Black Holes

    Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 7 pm
    Waterloo Collegiate Institute, 300 Hazel Street, Waterloo

    WATERLOO, ON, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - Do ideas about information and reality
inspire fruitful new approaches to the hardest problems of modern physics?
What can we learn about the paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the beginning of
the universe and our understanding of black holes by thinking about the very
essence of information? The answers to these questions are surprising and
enlightening, but also controversial. The topic of information within physics
has involved some of the 20th century's greatest scientists in long-running
intellectual battles that continue to the present day. In this special debate,
hosted by the CBC's Bob McDonald of 'Quirks and Quarks', you will enjoy a
lively discussion between four prominent physicists who have thought long and
hard about these questions.

    Professor Leonard Susskind, Stanford University and PI Associate Member
    Professor Seth Lloyd, MIT and author of Programming the Universe
    Dr. Chris Fuchs, PI Long Term Visitor
    Professor Tony Leggett, University of Illinois, Nobel laureate, Member of
PI Scientific Advisory Committee, Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Distinguished
Research Chair at the University of Waterloo and research professor with the
Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at
the University of Waterloo

    Panel Host: Bob McDonald, Host of CBC's "Quirks and Quarks"

    For full bios on the panelists, please visit


    Perimeter Institute is an independent, non-profit research centre where
international scientists are clustering to push the limits of our
understanding of physical laws by contemplating and calculating new ideas
about the very essence of space, time, matter and information. The Institute,
located in Waterloo, also provides a wide array of educational outreach
activities for students, teachers and the general public across Canada and
beyond in order to share the joys of creative inquiry, research, discovery and
innovation. For more information, please visit

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coordinate an interview with the panelists, contact Julie Taylor at or (519) 569-7600 ext. 5031

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