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Inside the Perimeter Magazine: Fall-Winter 2016/17


Science is a participatory endeavour. When people from diverse backgrounds come together in the spirit of open-minded inquiry, great discoveries can be made. Yet it's not always clear where or when those breakthroughs will come.

There is mounting evidence that some of today’s most promising avenues of inquiry in physics lie not within specialties, but between them.

This issue of Inside the Perimeter introduces some of those intersections and explores the potential rewards that can come from understanding the places between.

 

Research

Perimeter Associate Faculty member Roger Melko explores the promise and challenges of quantum machine learning. Think: neural networks running on conventional hardware to identify the subtle signatures of a phase of matter.

We can use quantum mechanics, but have we made sense of it yet? Physics luminary Yakir Aharonov thinks so, but others aren't so sure. In "The Storyteller," writer Erin Bow takes readers inside a special conference probing one contentious question.

The "It from Qubit" conference sought a different breakthrough, aiming to dismantle the communication barriers between high energy physics and quantum information research in order to expose new areas of discovery.

And two Perimeter postdocs have cracked open a door to quantum computing that has been considered closed for 10 years.

 

Training & Outreach

Wondering what Perimeter Scholars International students were getting up to after their winter trip to Huntsville? Turns out they were preparing resulting papers for publication.

Meet the talented teens and dedicated teachers who came to Perimeter this summer for a deep dive into cutting-edge theoretical physics.

 

Fun Stuff

From the Black Hole Bistro: Dan's Kickin' Kimchi. Yum!

PI Kids are Asking: How real is the science of Star Trek?

 

See more from the latest issue.

Institut Périmètre de Physique Théorique

L'Institut Périmètre est le plus grand centre de recherche en physique théorique au monde. Fondé en 1999, cet institut indépendant vise à favoriser les percées dans la compréhension fondamentale de notre univers, des plus infimes particules au cosmos tout entier. Les recherches effectuées à l’Institut Périmètre reposent sur l'idée que la science fondamentale fait progresser le savoir humain et catalyse l'innovation, et que la physique théorique d'aujourd'hui est la technologie de demain. Situé dans la région de Waterloo, cet établissement sans but lucratif met de l'avant un partenariat public-privé unique en son genre avec entre autres les gouvernements de l'Ontario et du Canada. Il facilite la recherche de pointe, forme la prochaine génération de pionniers de la science et communique le pouvoir de la physique grâce à des programmes primés d'éducation et de vulgarisation.

 

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Researchers are probing the fertile ground between fields, in search of new discoveries.