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Come have a beer while exploring the infinitely small and the immensity of galaxies! Our fascinating speakers from the McGill Physics department will reveal to you the deepest secrets of the atoms and galaxies surrounding us.
Small is Bigger
Professor Peter Grutter (Professor - Physics department at McGill University)
We are presently living at the dawn of a new age. The societal impact of the Nanotechnology Age is expected to be larger than that of all of life sciences and IT in the past 50 years! Nanotechnology allows us to image, measure and control matter at the nanometer (i.e. atomic) length scale. Small is different – I will describe how these nano abilities allow us to create structures with amazing properties, leading to huge opportunities as well as challenges in material science, medicine and information technology.
Witnessing the Formation and Evolution of Galaxies
Professor Tracy Webb (Professor - Department of Physics / McGill Space Institute)
The universe is made up of islands of stars we call galaxies. Our own home, the Milky Way, is 100 000 light years across and consists of 100 billion stars, held tightly together by the gravity of dark matter, with a supermassive black hole at its centre. Yet, it is only one of an uncountable number of similar galaxies in the universe. I will describe how we use telescopes as time machines to peer billions of years into the past, to literally witness how these beautiful giants formed and subsequently evolved.