CBC Quirks and Quarks to air PI Public Lecture

A recent panel discussion about 'The Physics of Information' from Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI), will air across Canada on CBC's 'Quirks and Quarks' radio program.

A recent panel discussion about ‘The Physics of Information’ from Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI), will air across Canada on CBC’s ‘Quirks and Quarks’ radio program. The Public Lecture will be broadcast via CBC Radio One on Saturday, January 5th from 12:06 to 1:00pm.

The program includes four top scientists who gathered in Waterloo, Ontario, in early December to hold a discussion for general audiences about the very essence of information and how this might inspire fruitful new approaches to some of the hardest problems in modern physics. Over 600 people attended to learn how a greater appreciation of information relates to the paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the beginning of the universe and our understanding of black holes.  The insights were surprising, enlightening and even controversial. Panel members include:


Leonard Susskind, Stanford University and Perimeter Institute Associate Member









Seth Lloyd, MIT and author of Programming the Universe

Chris Fuchs, Perimeter Institute Long Term Visitor

Anthony Leggett, University of Illinois, Nobel Laureate and PI Scientific Advisory Committee Member


The host of the discussion is the CBC’s Bob McDonald, one of Canada’s best known science journalists.  McDonald has an extensive history in science communication - having hosted numerous broadcasts including Quirks and Quarks, Wonderstruck, and providing ongoing reports for CBC Television’s ‘The National’.  He has also written for the Globe and Mail, has authored popular science books and he is the recipient of Canada’s top science communication awards.


About Quirks and Quarks

Quirks & Quarks is one of CBC Radio’s most respected and popular programs.  The weekly broadcast has been on the air for more than 30 years, has garnered over 70 national and international awards, and reaches a national audience of nearly 500,000 people.

About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement. 


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