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

Newswise — 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"

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